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Fantastic Fall 1994 Karl Lagerfeld Runway Deep Red Cut Velvet Bias Cut Dress w Angled Hem

This spectacular dress is the twin of the dress that was worn by Linda Evangelista for the Fall 1994 Karl Lagerfeld runway show. It also has the added provenance of being photoed for British Vogue that November. The dress is from Karl Lagerfeld's own label. He launched his self-named label in 1984 and this dress is from 1991 making it a fairly early example of the work he was doing for his own label. Pieces from his personal label were far edgier then the work he did for Chanel. It was a label where he explored a more avant garde feel with his designs and pushed the envelope more. This is a fantastic example of his work for that label. 

This is a fantastic dress. It is easy to wear and very sexy. On the runway Linda was styled with it falling completely off the shoulder and you can wear it like that or have that side sit up more on the actual shoulder. The edge of the neckline is cut on a angle that goes across and down to expose a bare expanse of skin. The shoulders are soft and the sleeves are cut to be a little extra long. At the ends of each sleeve  they are finished off at angle that comes down and over the hand. The fabric is a cut velvet set in little rows over a bias cut chiffon base. The colour is a deep burgundy red that is flattering on most skin tones. It skims over the bust waist and hips and I love how the rows are set on an angle to create the illusion of extra length. The hem follows the dip of the neckline with the skirt falling all the way to the floor on the one side and then coming up to about the knee area depending on your height on the other. It is fantastic and I love the tie in to Linda. Excellent condition with one minor note below.

Fully lined in a silk mix chiffon and slips on the wear. I see the tiniest bit of flattening of the velvet under the arm area. Tagged a vintage KL 42

Sleeves: 27" and 11" around the upper arm
Slightly dropped shoulders: 16"
Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 62" from top of shoulder to longest point of hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4715

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3)  Fall 1994 Karl Lagerfeld Runway. Model Linda Evangelista.  /  (4) Vogue UK, November 1994.

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