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Iconic S/S 1983 Thierry Mugler Sequin Snakeskin Python Dress

This is a very rare version of the snakeskin dress from the 1983 collection. Mugler did two version of this dress - the Haute Couture version with the two slashes and the pret-a-porter version with the single slash. It was produced as a version that married the two - keeping just a single slash and the sequins on the python print. This version is a deep green and is museum worthy. It is instantly recognizable as being a Mugler and very few exist. It is made of a stretch fabric printed in that spectacular snakeskin pattern. The fabric  that hugs the body like a bandage dress to accent and highlight your every curve and move. The fabric was then completely covered in clear sequins to give the suggestion of liquid running over the scales and when you move the light catches the sequins and creates the most sensual and sexual effect. It was photoed for L'Officiel that year and I have been told it appeared in other publications as well but have not yet sourced those. On the rtw runway it was a more traditional snakeskin color (the video of it on the catwalk can be seen on my instagram). The neckline is high and cut on an angle that mimics the curve of the slashing cut out above the breast. The sleeves are long and simple and also cut on a curve. Its amazing and a piece of fashion history. Excellent condition

Unlined and made of a stretch fabric. Closes with back set zipper. Tagged a vintage 38 but check measurements

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 16.5-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2481

Reference photos: (1-3) Thierry Mugler Runway S/S 1983.  /  (4) Thierry Mugler snake dress by Claus Wickrath for l'Officiel , 1983.  /  (5) Screengrab from Thierry Mugler S/S 1983 Runway Show.  /  (6) Tracee Ellis Ross at the BET Awards 2016 wearing this exact dress.  /  (7) SS 1983 Thierry Mugler Campaign. Photo by Laurence Sackman.

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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