Nan Kempner's 1980s Givenchy Couture Velvet Dress
What a find! This beautiful black velvet dress by Givenchy Couture that reminds me of a vintage skating dress with its pretty full skirt and front button closure. And it has an extra special tie in as my client purchased this at the Nan Kempner charity sale held after her passing.
The skirt is full - there are actually several yards of fabric in there - and that fullness is made more apparent by the nipped in waist. The top is more fitted and buttons down the front with a band of flat piping along the row of buttons emphasizing the and adding length. The waist is cinched in and the buckle of the belt is large, acting as a draw of the eye and the shoulders lightly padded to squqre them off, again elements that further emphasize that illusion of a tiny waist. It will completely close right up and will create a high regal neckline if you wish. The velvet fabric used adds a nice texture to the dress and a visual interest without having to add pattern or design. The dress is in excellent condition. Please read below for full description notes
Fully lined in a black silk. It closes with the silk covered buttons and hidden hook & eye down the front and has an inner waist stay. Hidden set zippers on each wrist. The belt presents as good condition but there is some damage near one hole where it has been over tightened. Priced accordingly.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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