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Intricate Cut Outs Fall 1993 Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld Runway Wide Legged Jumpsuit w Dress Overlay

The twin of this set walked the Fall 1993 Chloe runway and was worn by none other then the great Kate Moss. In 1992 Lagerfeld had once more come back to design for the Chloe label after two previous stints at the brand. In the book "Chloe Catwalk" the write up on this collection shares that WWD called the three Paris collections that he designed that season (his own, Chanel and Chloe) Karlie's Angels. I love that. The show was full of romantic loose silhouettes, sexy dresses and velvets. WWD went on to declare the show one of the best of the European season. We have included a photo of the dress on the runway and its appearance in the Chloe book. I have had this in my archive for quite some time, and always knew it was special, so it was very gratifying to finally be able to date this one. And I love the tie in with Kate.

This is a phenomenal set because it is actually three looks in one. You can wear the inner jumpsuit on its own, the outer tunic is long enough to be worn as a dress on its own, and then of course you can layer them on top of each other to get the full runway look. This makes the set incredibly versatile. That, combined with its provenance, makes this set extra special. Both pieces are made out of a light weight black silk crepe with open cut work embroidered type detailing. The inner jumpsuit is suspended from the shoulders with tiny little straps in the same fabric. The bodice is simple and easy and meant to skim over you. It is cut loose and easy through the waist and then skims over the hips. The pants are wide and open. They are full 30 inches around in width which gives them incredible movement. Each pant is finished with a panel of fabric that is this incredible open cut work and embroidery. It wraps around the hem and finishes off the final 10" of each leg. Then you slip the outer piece over that. That piece has a high neck made of black silk netting and then that same netting extends down and underneath the embroidered panel at the front. The shoulders are soft and the arms are cropped to just above the wrist. Another 10" wide panel is set in the middle of each sleeve and then there is another 2" of the embroidery at the end of each cuff. The waist is cut on the more loose and easy side and there is an attached tie belt on either side of the front panel that you can use to cinch in the waist. The ties are extra long so you can tie them at the back and let then hang or wrap them around to create a really cinch look. The skirt is gathered into the waist in soft pleats and then it opens up from there. The skirt is also finished with another 10" panel of the cut work. Once altogether, everything perfectly falls and balances each other out. It is just an incredible thing to see and wear. All you have to do is see what it looks like on Kate to know how amazing this set is. This is a very rare and special piece. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.

Both pieces are unlined. The jumpsuit zips to close at the back and has a slight touch of transparency to it. The dress zips to close at the back and buttons at the back of the neck. The tie belt is attached at the waist. 

Outer Dress
Neck: 15" around
Sleeves: 21.5" and 14" around the upper arms.
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.6" neck to waist
Total length: 45.5" from waist to hem

Jumpsuit 
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of the shoulder to seam under the bust
Total length: 57" from top of the shoulder to hem
Inseam: 28"
Rise: 34" from top of the shoulder to inner seam

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4742

Reference Photos: (1-3) Fall 1993 Chloe Runway. Model Kate Moss.  /  (4) From the book "Chloe: Catwalk" by Yale.

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