c.1972 Unlabeled Karl Lagerfeld Chloe Hand Painted Halter Dress & Scarf
The painted floral design used on this dress is distinctive and it was this feature that allowed me to find the date of the collection. We tracked down some photos of Karl in the studio with models wearing pieces from the 1972 collection and you can see that there are similar design elements used on the various floral pieces in those photos as we see on this example. This information also matches what I was told about the purchase date form its original owner. It is these collections during the years between 1969 and 1975 that we still see heavily influence the modern bohemian feel of Chloe today. Examples of his work during this time period are held in museums around the world and are rare finds.
This dress is wonderful. In person it is even better then how it photoed as the painted floral print really explodes off of the blue silk backdrop. The cut is kept fairly simple but is still sexy with a halter bodice and a long skirt that falls to the floor. The dress is made from a light, bias cut silk chiffon. Onto the silk is a vivid floral design that appears to be hand painted. Beautiful bright blossoms circle around the base of the skirt and travel almost up to the hips at the highest points of the design. The bodice is left the solid blue so that the eye is drawn instantly to the print on the skirt. The top is cut into a halter style with straps that curve up and behind the beck to leave the shoulders bare. The front neckline dips into a V at the front and the back is left completely bare. The waist narrows in and then the skirt flows to the floor from there, gradually widening out as it nears the hem. This allows the design to be shows off to its full advantage. It came with its matching, extra long, scarf that has the same print on both ends in a matching silk chiffon. I have shown both ends on the two photos that it is included in. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a blue silk and closes with a side painted metal and nylon zipper. I see one small repair near the edge of the hem that is not seen when on because of the excess of fabric. Hand finishes throughout. The long edges of the scarf are hand rolled and the shorter edges finished with a fringed edging.
Bust: variable as there are no true side seams
Under bust/high waist: 13-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from top of neck to hem
Scarf: 78" x 33"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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