Minimalist 1990s Richard Tyler Couture Strapless Black Silk Dress

Richard Tyler was the designer to wear in the 1990s. He won the Council of Fashion Designers of America New Talent award in 1993. In 1994 and 1995 he won the Council's Womenswear Designer of the Year award. Julia Roberts, Janet Jackson, and Sigourney Weaver were just a few of the stars who loved his work and his dresses made regular appearances on the red carpet. He was known for his impeccable tailoring and finishes and at the time employed some of the best tailor and seamstresses in the business.

This sleek little number is in perfect condition and is cut beautifully. It is strapless and follows the curves of the body. The neckline is cut squared off and even the sides dips down in sharp little angles before curving around the back. This is achieved by a cleverly constructed overlay that sits over an inner corseted and boned bodice so that the dress stays in place. The waist curves in with no seam to break the line of the fabric. When it is off the body it is cut with the curves built in. The silk skims over the waist and hips and then fall tot he floor in a sleek and simple column. There is high side slit that runs up one side to allow you to walk and to flash a bit of leg. It is fully lined in high quality silk and feels as sensual on as it looks from the exterior. Very well constructed with hand finishes throughout. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk and closes at the side with a hidden set zipper. Inside there is an attached inner boned corset.

Bust: 15.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Length: 51" from top of bodice to hem
Slit: 23.5" from hem up

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD648

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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