vivienne westwood

Fall 1998 Vivienne Westwood Bow Front Black Silk Satin Strapless Corset Dress - 25% OFF TAKEN AT CHECKOUT


My client purchased this spectacular Vivienne Westwood gown from her mothers shop. She wore it to a friends birthday gala and that was the only time it was ever worn. We narrowed down the date based on that info and also the reference photo of a similar gown that was shown for the Fall 1998 presentation.

The cut and line of this dress are pure heaven. It is strapless and has that famous dipped and front peaked bodice edging that Vivienne has become famous for. Inside the bodice is one of her boned and shaped corsets. This is constructed to cinch you in at the waist and push up the breasts. Once on an actual body you will get that full Westwood effect from that inner corseting. The large flat bow that sits at the top of bust only emphasizes this. The bow is constructed so that it curves out from the body and this adds more shape to the bust and gives the otherwise simple dress detailing. Below that, the waist curves in with vertical seaming. It then curves over the hips and flares out, widening out as it curves towards the floor. The construction of the skirt has an almost architectural feel to it and it reminds me of that famous Charles James gown in the way that it flares and curves outwards on each side. The fabric is a heavy black silk satin that gives the dress the stability it needs to hold that shape once on the body. It is incredible and a rare find. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk with an inner built in corseted bodice as shown. Inner wired peaks at the side of the bodice The corset zippers to close. The outer dress also zips to close with a hidden set zipper along the seam offset at the back

Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 51" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3343

Reference Photo: F/W 1998 Vivienne Westwood Ready to Wear Runway Collection.

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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