emanuel ungaro

Fall 1988 Emanual Ungaro Strapelss Gold Metallic Black & Gold Ruffled Hem Dress

A dress in a similar cut in a blue metallic was worn by Iman on the Fall 1988 runway. Just behind her shoulder you can see one that was done ina black and gold colorway like this one is. This figure hugging bodice with a low-slung voluminous skirt was a trademark look for Ungar during this time period and this is a stunning example of his work at the time.

This is a dress made to hug and shape your figure into an hourglass. The metallic gold used is fantastic and pops against the black silk. The metallic thread catches the light and intensifies the feel of the gown. The fabric itself is quite light in weight but the construction of the dress is so elaborate that the dress has a decent weight to it on the hanger. Once on the body it feel balanced and light. The inside of the dress is quite structured for support and it is molded and boned to hold the shape that you see. The bodice is a modified strapless sweetheart neckline that curved and dips across the top. Through the body the dress is elaborately gathered with hand placed and gathered folds. These run from the bust right down and over the hips so your shape is very emphasized. Under that, the skirt is set with tiers and panels of a black silk, and each panel is individually set on an angle. This gives the low set skirt a huge amount of volume and movement. This technique also allows each panel that makes up the skirt to move freely so that whenever you move it does as well. A little box at the back is the perfect finishing detail. It is incredible and even more so once on. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silk and zips to close at the back. Tagged a vintage 8. Note that the zipper stops a few inches above the low seam of the hips so there is no give in that part of the measurement. Looks to have been worn very little if at all. Boned through the bodice.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 26" from top of bodice to low seam below hips
Length: 54" from top of the bust to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3509

Reference Photo: Iman on the F/W 1988-89 Emanuel Ungaro Runway.

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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