Early 1980s Possible Louis Feraud Graphic Sequin Bodice w Black & White Dotted Bubble Skirt Dress
Early Louis Feraud pieces are highly collectible and in their day they were sought after. Women like Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot were huge fans of the label. From the sixties through to the early eighties the Feraud label was known world wide for pieces that incorporated gorgeous graphics and cutting edge designs. This dress is unlabeled but came from the estate of a woman whose closets were filled with these labels. It has all the hallmarks of being by Feraud but has no label. Regardless of its origins it its extremely well made and a very dramatic and bold dress that will definitely turn heads.
The dress is an amazing testament to the demi-couture level construction techniques that have been used in its construction. The bust is fitted to the body and is covered in a black lace. The top edge is scalloped which gives it a pretty finish. The entire bodice is then detailed with clusters of large and glossy black sequins that form beautiful oversized floral shapes. Little straps curve over each shoulder and I think you could easily tuck those in and wear this as a strapless dress if you preferred since it is fully supported and structured inside. On the interior there is a built in intricately boned corset that runs all the way around the interior for support. On the exterior the waist is detailed with two black bows that are made from wide silk satin ribbons. The waist is nipped in and gives you shape despite the tremendous volume of the skirts below. The skirt is a masterpieces. It is constructed from a black and white silk that has that huge dot printed over it. The top layer o the skirt is meticulously shaped and set on a stunning curve. Great swoops of fabric are draped to runs down the top of each hip at the sides. At the front the panels of silk swoop and curve upward to meet in the centre of the skirt. This allows a bit of leg to show when you walk, move or sit. It falls longer at the back and pleats are set all around the waist to help give it volume. Underneath the outer skirt is an attached and built in inner skirt made from a stiffened netting. This inner skirt is cut sleeker through the hips and then flares out into a crinoline to help hold the volume and shape of the outer skirt. It is absolutely gorgeous. Excellent condition with a note below
The interior of the bodice is made up of the boning and a lingerie weight lining. The dress closes with a back zipper and the skirt snaps into place over it. The skirt is lined in a white silk organza and then there is a built in crinoline as shown and described above. There are some faint water marks along the back hem and some grubbiness to the inner back hem and edges where it hits the ground. Lots of hand finishes and made to demi-couture level.
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at inner crinoline: to 20"
Bodice: 15.5" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 47" from waist to longest point of hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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