Incredible c. 1972 Original Valentino Three Piece Acorn Print Silk Top, Velvet Skirt & Jacket Set

This is a fabulous three-piece complete set circa 1972 from the Valentino boutique label. Valentino launched his ready-to-wear label in 1962 just two years after opening his first salon in Rome. His work was so popular that when he launched the New York boutique in the fall of 1970 it shut down the city. Traffic was backed up 3 blocks with everyone who was anyone trying to get in on opening night. He wanted everyone to have access to the Valentino experience and he often brought in the designs that he created for his main couture label into the boutique work. In these early days pieces were remarkably close in quality and the line between the two labels was often blurred. On this set you can see that in the hand finishing that is has. Though I have seen various combinations of these pieces this is the first time I've seen all three sold as a proper full set. I love it.

This really is an incredible set and it shows his love of prints. I love how all three pieces use the same print layered on top of each other and the combination of the two fabrics. The skirt and jacket are made out of a flat pile cotton velvet and the top is made out of a scarf weight silk. A charming acorn pattern combined with flowers covers all three pieces and you will notice how the design on the skirt and jacket are weighted heavier towards the bottom. This draws the eye downwards and cleverly gives added length to the wearer. On the top the pattern is scattered evenly over the entire bodice which gives a slight contrast to the other two pieces. The skirt is banded at the waist and skims over the hips. There are pockets on each hip for the perfect slouchy feel. It falls to the floor in a slight A-line that perfectly showcases that gorgeous print. The jacket is also made of a velvet and it has an equally simple cut. It has soft shoulders and the sleeves end just above each wrist depending on the length of your arms. There is a yoked seam across the top of the bodice on the front and the back and then the jacket falls in a soft A0line from there to just past the hips. The jacket also has pockets and these are sat at each hip on a slight slant. It has no closures and is meant to just sit over the little silk top underneath. The top is everything you want from a piece from the 1970s. It has a structured and very pointed little collar and it buttons down the front. It is shaped to follow the curves of the body and then the sleeves are phenomenal. Each is cuffed and above that there is that beautifully shaped arm that balloons out extensively just above the cuff. I love that the three pieces are phenomenal when worn together but they are also pieces that you can easily mix-and-match with everything else in your wardrobe. Excellent condition.

The top is unlined and buttons to close at the front. There are two buttons on each cuff. It is tagged a size 6 and I see evidence that the back was let out a touch. The jacket is fully lined in a brown silk. It has no closures and it is tagged a vintage Valentino 10. The skirt closes with a flat hook and eye at the waist and a zipper below that. It is lined in a black silk and it is tagged a vintage Valentino size 8. It has pockets on each hip

Sleeves: 26" and the upper arm measures 12" around
Shoulders: 14.25"
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 22" from neck to hem

Sleeves: 21" and the upper arm measures 12" around
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: open
Total length: 31" from neck to hem

Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 40" from waist to hem with 5.5" turned under

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4705

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