Documented 1983 Valentino Dotted Red Silk Strapless Dress

This dress is wonderful and even better on a real body. It is made of a fluid scarf weight silk in a gorgeous red that has just a hint of a coral tone to it. The fabric has a secondary print of little triangles and flowers woven directly through the silk and then that is covered with a combination of oversized white dots and smaller blue & yellow dots. Long panels of the same  silk fabric wrap around the waist, tie and then flow down each hip. Each ends just above the hemline and this gives the skirt a really unusual effect and adds an interesting volume to each side without adding bulk. One of the side ties is attached along the side of the waist and the other is not attached at all. I am not 100% sure if originally both were meant to be attached and it will be sent as found. I think that having one free and loose gives you more styling options so prefer it that way myself. The skirt has a faux wrap effect so that when you move or sit you will get a sexy glimpse of bare leg showing. The top is strapless and lightly boned inside for support and shape. I love that this leaves your shoulders and arms bare. It has a very chic but sexy feel in that perfect Valentino way. Excellent condition

Fully lined in the same silk as the exterior but without the dots on the inner lining. Closes with a painted metal and nylon zipper at the back. Light boning trough the bodice and an Inner waist stay that hooks to close. Hand finished throughout with excellent construction.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9.5" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 41" from top waist seam, included 3: band at the waist to longest point of the hem at the back. The front curves up slightly

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3002

Reference Photos: (1) Iman for the Valentino ad campaign shot by Horst, 1983.  /  (2) Vibeke Knudsen in Valentino by Giampaolo Barbier, Vogue Italia, 1983

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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