Extraordinary 1970s Adolfo Ivory Felt Wrap Skirt w Gold Filigree Studs & 3D Flower Detailing

This is a beautiful and intricate skirt by Adolfo. Adolfo started his career under Balenciaga and like Halston, was a successful milliner before opening his own fashion house. He became know for his Chanel inspired suiting and beaded pieces. Adolfo often did custom work for his clients who ranged from the Duchess of Windsor, to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Gloria Vanderbilt and Nancy Reagan. He even won a Coty Award in 1969. I love his work and am very pleased to have this exceptional skirt in the shop today. It is wonderful example of just how complex his work could get. The skirt is made out of a beautiful ivory coloured felt that is thick enough to hold the shape that you see. This fabric choice also gives it the structure to hold the extensive appliqué work that has been added to it. At the waist there is a wide angled band of black felt that contrasts with the ivory. This angles down to one side when the skirt is on and it has been covered with a combination of big round gold coloured medallions with filigree finishes mixed with large gold studs. He then added a scattering of little black beads over the entire ivory part of the skirt and mixed in cut out flowers. The flowers have been hand cut out of the black felt. Each flower has a round felt centre in the ivory and then a gold stud is applied at its centre to hold it into place. A tightly spaced row of the flowers circle the hem and run op the edge of the skirt that wraps over at the front. All of the appliqué work is done by hand and it is extraordinary. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.

Unlined and wraps to close with hooks along the waist. You could easily move the hooks to go up or down in size a bit if needed. 

Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# S940

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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