Early 1980s Louis Feraud Black Silk Tafetta Dress w Puff Shoulder Sleeves & Velvet Detailing
Louis Feraud opened his first boutique in 1950 in Cannes selling sundresses to the jet set. When Brigitte Bardot was photographed in a white pique and lace number, he became the darling of the fashion world. By 1956 he had moved to Paris and opened a couture atelier and in 1960s made his first official couture presentation. Ready to wear followed in 1970. He won the Golden Thimble in in 1978 and again in 1984. Women like Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot were huge fans of the label. This is a wonderful little dress from the early 1980s that has a bit of a nod to the turn of the century in its design that was so popular during this time period. It will look fantastic paired with modern accessories.
The dress is made out of a fine black silk taffeta and then onto that you have details of velvet that have been fused directly into the fabric. The bodice is cut to skim over you and buttons at the base of the plunging front. A ruffled detail circles around the collar and down to the waist to keep that plunge from feeling too low and add a bit of drama. I love the little band of velvet ribbon the details this. The waist nips in and I had added a ribbon of velvet that will be included with the dress. You could also add a belt to really add shape. The skirt falls from under there to about mid-calf depending on your height. It is beautifully full with soft pleats that are set into the waist all the way around. These open up to give the skirt the fullness that you see. The sleeves or what give the dress it's historical nod. They are a modern modified mutton sleeve with a more poufed shoulder that narrows down to the wrist. On the top of the shoulder, around the cuffs and around the hem there is a pretty velvet pattern that adds detail to the dress. The fabric choice keeps it very light and easy to wear and it is very pretty once on an actual body. Excellent condition with a small note below
The skirt has an inner silk lining and the rest of the dress is unlined. It closes at the front with the buttons that you see and also with a hidden set side zipper. There's a tiny bit of wear to the velvet on the sleeves here and there where it was kept folded for storage. Please see the photo after the label shot. Tagged a 38
Sleeves: 23" and 14" around upper arm
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 33.5" from waist to hem
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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