Fall 1988 Emanuel Ungaro Strapless Metallic Gold & Coral Dress w Flirty Ruffled Skirt
Emanuel Ungaro launched his label in 1965 after stints at both Balenciaga and Courreges. He was a brilliant designer who was known for his extravagant fabrics and flamboyance. He often participated in the design and execution of new fabrics and for him the design process started there. His work always has a sense of exuberance and joy to it and he mixed fabric and prints with a master's eye. When hunting for the date of this dress I found a strikingly similar dress from the runway that had additional shoulder detailing but is otherwise remarkably like this one. That reference photo is included and it gives you a great idea of how amazing this one will be once on an actual body.
The fabric and colour of this dress are fantastic and no matter how great it looks in the photos you will love it even more in person. It is made out of a coral silk that is heavily shot through with a gold lame thread. This lets the fabric catch the light from every angle and intensifies the coral colour. The fabric is light in weight and despite the elaborate construction of the dress is not at all heavy once it is on. Inside the dress is a built in structure to give you support so that despite the lightness of the fabric the intended shape is held perfectly in place. The strapless bodice is cut with a modified sweetheart neckline and it is meant to hug the body. It is elaborately gathered and fitted around the bust with hand placed and gathered folds. These folds that emphasized the curves of the body were a signature of his and really made his pieces flattering once on. On this dress the gathers and shape run from the bust right down and over the hips so you get curves on curves. Under the bottom seam the skirt is set and has a series of silk panels set all the way around you. Each panel has been individually set on an angle to create the ruffled effect that you see. The way they are set onto the skirt allows each piece to move freely so that whenever you move they move. A little bow at the back is the perfect finishing touch. It is gorgeous and appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a coral silk and closes with a back zipper. The bow snaps into place over the top of the zipper. The interior of the bodice is boned for support. Tagged a vintage Ungaro 6. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little.
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
Length: 29" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: F/W 1988-89 Emanuel Ungaro Runway Collection.
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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