Museum Held 1969 Courreges Black Silk Organza Ruffle Detailed Dress
This is a remarkable example of his Courrege and his more extravagant work during that time period. I know we more often associate his work with very mod, strict lines but he also did many dramatic pieces like this using silks and organza's and I am sometimes more excited to find these then the more common mod feeling ones. A version of this one is held at the Munchner Stadtmuseum making it even more special.
This beautiful dress made out of a feather light black silk organza is just absolutely stunning. Many of his pieces are a play on volume and proportion and this dress is an amazing example of that. It is a dramatic piece that is more fitted through the upper shoulders and then flares out very dramatically through the body to the hem. When you think about how this is a look that you really started to see pick up speed a couple of decades later, you really get an idea of just how far ahead of the curve his work really was. The fabric is a very light weight black silk organza that has just enough structure to it that it holds the intended shape and volume while feeling like you are barely wearing anything. The slight sheen and texture to it combined with the absolutely superb seaming details give the dress a rich, luxurious feel. All of the seams are set vertically and there are long lines of ruffles done in the same fabric that run from the neckline down to the hem. Each of these is set to follow the flare of the dress and this added texture to the surface of the dress is a wonderful touch. The same ruffle treatment runs down each sleeve. The neckline is finished with a flat, hand set piping of the same fabric and a sweet little bow that sits at front of the neck. Each sleeve is finished in the exact same manner. The dress somehow is able to feel like a combination of a child's baby doll dress and the most wonderfully edgy avant garde thing you have ever seen. Made to demi-couture standards. Extremely collectible and rare. Adding a modern belt would add shape and change the look and feel of the dress. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a hand set black silk organza. The lining zips to close at the back and then the layer over that snaps in place in a series of snaps that lie over the zipper. There are 1/2 snaps ringing the interior of the neckline but I think they are placed there for weight and were never intended to actually snap into anything. Hand finished throughout. Tagged a Courreges A but very generously cut through the body. The open cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes keeping in mind that the shoulders have a slightly narrower cut
Slightly inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: 19.5" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 48" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photo: 1969 Courreges Dress from the Munchner Stadtmuseum Collection.
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