Fabulous Spring 1991 Gianni Versace Bright Coral Suit w Top Stitched Curved Hem Skirt
In the 1980s and 1990s Gianni Versace ruled the catwalks. He was the favourite of the Supermodels and they were featured predominately in his runway shows and his ad campaigns. Versace launched his label in 1978 and in 1989 he presented his first couture collection. The days that Gianni headed the label were heady, glamourous ones and set the tone for the label as we know it today. He remained at the helm of the brand until his death by assassination in 1997. This is from the 1991 collection and while its runway counterpart was a much simpler version that shared the same colour and buttons as this, the actual twin of the suit was worn by Whoopi Goldberg to the Golden Globes that year for her winning performance in Ghost.
The suit is fantastically Versace and it is fabulous. It is sexy and bright and you won't be missed by anyone once you have it on. Both pieces are done in a showstopping bright coral orange that is a touch brighter and lighter then how it photoed here. It is even better in person. The fabric is a fine wool silk mix, mixed with a top stitched satin finish fabric that he used on the collar cuffs and skirt. The jacket is cut to feel a touch fuller through the shoulders and then comes in at the waist. It is the epitome of the nineties silhouette. Each sleeve is long and ends in a cuff made of the top stitched fabric. Sitting above that is a single enamel and rhinestone button in coral and black. Larger and more elaborate versions of those buttons also sit at the front base of the jacket to close the jacket and add detailing. All of the buttonholes are done in the proper dressmakers technique. The collar is notched and and the top stitching runs around the upper part of it. The jacket closes low on the front for a play on a tuxedo silhouette. Low shallow pockets sit on the outer edge of each hip. The skirt is insane. It is very short and fitted with a flat front and no waist band. It is cut on a curve all around the hem so that it is even shorter on one side. It is very short and sexy on the one side as a result of that curving hemline. It is a wonderful and a very rare suit. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Both piece are lined in an orange silk. The skirt closes with a hidden set side zipper and the jacket buttons to close. The jacket is light padded through the shoulders and all of the pockets are functional. Tagged a 38. Note that the skirt is accidentally on backwards in the shots. The short side will sit on the other side of you once on. There is one tiny dot of a mark on the side above the top stitching. Please see the shot after the label photo
Slightly extended shoulders: 15"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom edge: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from neck to hem
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 20.5" from waist to longest point of the hem, 16" to the shortest
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Spring 1991 Versace Runway Collection. / (2) Whoopi Goldberg, in Versace, at the 1991 Golden Globes (with her second Golden Globe from her role in 'Ghost').
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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