Fantastic Spring 2007 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Black Tunic Mini Dress w Crystal Detailing
Alber joined Lanvin in 2001 and served as the labels Creative Director until 2015. His first break as a designer came when he landed the senior assistant role at Geoffrey Beene. He stayed there for seven years until he was recruited to design for the Guy Laroche label in 1996. in 1998 he took over the Rive Gauche ready-to-wear for Yves Saint Laurent for three short seasons. A stint at Krizia and then a break happened before his time with Lanvin. The Alber years for Lanvin are ones that are much loved by all and with his recent passing owning these pieces seems even more poignant. This dress is stunning and easy to wear.
The dress is made from a black cotton that has a slight coated feel and top stitched edges made to look deliberately a little raw. This was a signature of Alber's work and it is executed perfectly on this piece. It has this fabulous slightly oversized, boxy shape that is easy to wear. You just throw it on over anything and walk out. It great as a piece on its ow or as a super glamorous beach piece while traveling. It is short so can play double duty as both a tunic or a micro mini if you dare. The cut is a simple boxed shape. It slips over the head with a notched front neckline that hooks at the top of the open slit. It falls in a boxy shape under that to the hem. Each sleeve is cut wide and extra long, adding to the oversized feel it has. I love the elaborate crystal detail that finishes the collar. Huge crystals, drop beads and prong set rhinestones create this fabulous jeweled neckline. No jewellery required with this dress. It is amazing on the body and a rare find. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. It is meant to been worn oversized and the loose and easy cut should fit a variety of sizes. It hooks to close at the top of the neck. Tagged a Lanvin 40
Bust: 23-25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: 20-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
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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