jean louis scherrer

Minimalist Late 1990s Jean Louis Scherrer by Stephane Rolland Black Plunge Dress w Sequin Detailing

Jean-Louis Scherrer started off working for Dior in 1955, leaving there when Yves Saint Laurent was appointed to the head designer position. He then joined Louis Feraud and stayed there until launching his own couture label in 1962. He was known for his evening wear and soon had a loyal following. In 1971 he launched his ready-to-wear line. This is almost certainly the work of Stephane Rolland who designed for the label from 1997 - 2007 before the label shuttered in 2008. Is a fantastic dress and highlights the short lines that he uses even till today. 

The dress is cut with an almost sculptural line. The shoulders are cut across to sit slightly over the edge of your upper arm and this is held by very clever placement of light padding underneath that helps to hold the shape that you see. I love the way the bottom of the arm opening has a little squared off piece. It is just a nice little detail that adds to the lines of the dress. The front plunges to the high empire waist, but the way that it folds in and under the sequin detailing at the waist keeps it from being so low that it is uncomfortable to wear. The waist is set a little higher than the natural waist and it is detailed with a 2 inch band of black and silver sequins that are set horizontally to wrap around you. Then onto that are larger sequins and beads. The dress skims over your bust, waist and hips and then the skirt is all cut on the bias. This lets the lower skirt flare out as it reaches the hem for one final beautiful curve. There is extra fabric set into the back of the skirt and it flares out to create a stunning bit of a sweep behind you. No matter what angle you see this dress from there is an interesting angle, curve or flare. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk with light padding in the shoulder. The dress closes with a hidden set back zipper. It appears to have been worn very little, if at all. Tagged a Scherrer 40

Bust: 17-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12.5" from neck to top band of waist
Total length: 65" from the  shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4755

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