c.1984 Vicky Tiel Couture Metallic Gold & Black Lace Pouf Skirt Mini Dress
Vicky Tiel was backed by Elizabeth Taylor as a young designer after working on the costume for 'Whats New Pussycat'. After a stint with a partner she launched her self named label in Paris in 1970. She as one of the very early boutique owner/designer that offered a ready-to-wear option in Paris. That said, her clothes often walk a fine line between ready-to-wear and couture in terms of their construction and techniques used. By the mid to late seventies her style had developed into the ultra sexy and feminine clothing that she is now known best for. By the eighties and into the nineties, she had a cult celebrity following. This is a stunning example of just how sexy and dramatic her work could get.
This dramatic little dress by Vicky Tiel is fabulous. It is made from a fantastic metallic gold lace type fabric that has a black base over which the gold has been directly applied. This allows the black to peek through and the gold really highlights the pattern in the fabric. It gives it extra depth and visual interest. This then sits over an inner fitted base that is structured and molded to the body. It is shaped like a corset inside to give you shape with both boning and inner structure. The front has a plunging version of a sweetheart neckline and I love the dramatic curve of it. The bodice is molded tot he torso and covered with gathers that emphasize your curves. Amazing little cap sleeves sit off the shoulders and wrap around the upper arms. The waist nips in and it is fitted around the upper hips. Under that the skirt explodes out in a dramatic pouf of fabric that is fall all the way around. the shape is held by layers of stiffened organza and tulle under the gold. Countless modern pieces right now are based on dresses just like this and I am happy to have this amazing original in the shop. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a back zipper. Very well constructed with the entire inner bodice shaped, boned and fitted. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Handwritten tag, marked a vintage 42
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at bottom of bodice: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 19" from top of shoulder to bottom seam, 16" from top of bodice to bottom seam
Skirt: 16.5" from bottom seam of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Vicky Tiel in Town & Country Magazine, December 1984.
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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