Exceptional 1970s Louis Feraud Bias Cut Silk Light as a Feather Silk Chiffon Caftan Scarf Dress
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 caftan dress from the early 1970s that shows his depth as a designer. It is just exceptional.
The dress is made out of a single layer of bias cut silk chiffon that sits over an inner layer of a nude silk chiffon. The inner layer is also bias cut and the two layers float over each other perfectly to drape over the body. The fabrics used are as light as a feather so that the caftan feels wonderful once on the body. It is incredible how light and airy this one feels. The neckline is a wide scoop that sits wide across the neck. From their falls in this extravagant swoosh of bias cut silk. It is cut very long and I love how one side is done to sit a little shorter then the other. This is a very clever detail as it not only emphasizes the pattern that you see but it also gives more movement to the dress as it moves and catches the air. It falls over you loose and easy for an almost caftan feel to it. The bias cut lets it swirl around the body underneath but at the same time it feels insanely comfortable on because the fabric weighs ounces. The sleeves are incredible. Each is cut extremely wide and then has elastic at the wrist to create a bit of a balloon effect above. The pattern that covers the dress is like that of a huge silk scarf and this gives it its fabulously glamorous bohemian feel. It is immensely flattering once on and should work an a wide variety of shapes. This is a dress you will want to wear over and over for every summer occasion from day to evening. It is truly a remarkable dress that is hands down one of my favorite pieces ever. Excellent condition with one minor note below
The body of the dress is fully lined in a nude biased cut silk chiffon. The sleeves are unlined. To wear it you just slip it over the head. There is one tiny mark on one sleeve. Please see the photo after the label shot. It otherwise appears to have been worn very little if at all. Hand finishes
Sleeves: approx 30" to their longest points and will sit up more when on
Shoulders: no true defines seam
Bust: 16-27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist- hips: open
Length: 60" from the shoulder to the longest point of the hem, 48" to the shortest
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
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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