F/W 1994 Donna Karan Museum Held Neoprene Mini Dress
It is always lovely to have a well documented dress in the shop and it gets even better when the twin of that dress is worthy of being held in the museum collection. When that museum is FIT in NYC you know you have a great investment piece on your hands. The fact that it is as relevant now as it was back in 1994 - maybe even more so - and that it is as sexy as hell too, is just icing on the vintage cake. Veronica Webb walked the runway in this and we have included photos and the runway clip below. My client is also sure it was photoed for Vogue that season but we have not turned that up (yet). The dress was so avant garde in its day. Donna took scuba diving fabric - literally - and had it made in bright neon pink to construct this dress. When you see it in person and off the mannequin it looks like a dress made for a doll but it will stretch even while hugging you in. The top is fitted and acts like a corset to push and hug your curves to the extreme. The skirt is fabulous flared and short to show off miles of leg. It is extraordinary.
Perhaps the text from the FIT entry of their version describes it best: "The tank-style bodice of this stylish Donna Karan neoprene dress maintains the comfort and “all-in-one” convenience typical of wetsuits made from the same material. Many designers of the 1980s and 1990s were inspired to experiment with unusual, “techno” materials."
Unlined and zips to close in the back. Tagged a size 2
Bust: 13-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 10-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 15.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS but will stretch to fit a smaller "SML"
Runway reference photo credits: unknown. / Museum photo from The Museum at FIT by Irving Solero. / Amanda Lee Shirreffs photos
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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