Extraordinary 1971 Givenchy Azure Blue Woven Silk & Metallic Thread Dress w Ruffled Cuffs & Hem
This dress has the same lines as ones from Givenchy's 1971 collection with the same ruffled detailing. I have incuded a photo here that has a similar feel. Based on the other work Mr. Givenchy was doing during this time period it makes perfect sense that this would be from that time period. This dress is even more interesting by the fact that in addition to the boutique label in the dress, I found a numbered tape inside the seam of the skirt. This was often done when a piece was custom ordered through the boutique. It would have been made in the atelier but the final fitting would have been done in house at the boutique level. It is a beautiful dress and even better in person.
Givenchy was know for his love of fine fabrics and this dress starts with an exceptional one. At first glance the fabric appears to be a classic metallic silk brocade, but as you get closer you realize it is actually quite unique. It is more of a woven silk and the matte parts are done so that it has texture to the weave. It is very fine and light in weight. Woven through that is blue metallic thread that is scattered over the dress. Then to add one more element to the texture there are also parts that are hand embroidered in a blue thread. These all combine to make this stunning fabric. Being woven means that the fabric has just a touch of transparency to it which acts in direct contrast to its full coverage over the body. I love the unusual deep azure blue colour. It has just a touch of purple to it that gives it even more depth. The dress covers you from head to toe. The bodice is cut to skim over the bust from a high rounded neckline and then it is seamed in at the waist. The dress comes with its original belt that you can use to cinch the waist in. The sleeves are long and are finished with a full bell shaped ruffle at the wrists. The skirt falls to the floor from the waist and gently widens out as is nears the hem. It is finished with a wide ruffle that perfectly balances out the cuffs. It is stunning and even better in person. Excellent condition with a minor note below.
The bodice is unlined and the skirt is fully lined with a blue silk organza. It closes at the back with a fine metal zipper. Inner waist stay hooks to close. The belt closes with hooks. There is a numbered tape along the inner skirt seam that I also photoed. Note that if you required more length it would be possible to move the ruffle down as it is set higher up the skirt rather then at the very edge of the hem. I think you could get a good 6" more in length. The sleeves are set the same way so could also be extended a bit. The silk organza lining in the skirt is starting to shatter here and there. It could be removed or replaced but it still wearable as it is now
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 40.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Jours de France Issue 844, 1971.
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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