Prettiest 1998 Isaac Mizrahi Sleeveless Top & Black Silk & Silk Chiffon Taffeta Skirt Set
Isaac Mizrahi presented his first collection with a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman's in 1987. By 1992 Chanel had bought a stake in the company and Isaac's name was everywhere. He was doing custom work for clients and Hollywood on top of his mainline. In 1995 Isaac was the subject of the movie 'Unzipped' based on his Fall 1994 collection. He is known as much for his personality as he was for his clothing. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recognized him with the Perry Ellis Award (now called the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award) in 1988 and the women's wear designer of the year award in 1989. This is a fabulous example of his work and I love that it is two pieces because it gives you that added bit of flexibility to mix and match on your wardrobe and extend the life of the pieces.
My client had this set made for her in 1998. It is a one-off and was a custom created piece just for her. One of the keystones of Mizrahi's work was that he used surprising fabrics in unexpected ways and that is displayed in this set. The top is made out of a double layer of a nude stretch jersey which may not feel all that avant garde for our modern world, but in 1998, to use lingerie fabric for outerwear would have been startling. Because of the stretch the top is easy to wear and molds to your shape once on. It is sleeveless with a slight ruffled effect around each arm. It zips up the back with a large exposed silver zipper and the edges all have a raw cut. This goes with a floor length black silk taffeta skirt. It has a defined waist and then widens out as out nears the hem. The waist it is detailed with a nude silk netting that has been set around the waist in a gorgeous pin-tuck design. And it has pockets. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition
The top is a double layer of the nude jersey and the skirt is lined in a black silk organza. The top closes with the back zipper and the skirt closes with a zipper and hook & eye at the waist band. The top is tagged a S and the skirt a 4. Both pieces appear to have never been worn or worn very little. The top does have some stretch.
Bust: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48" from waist to hem with 2" turned under the hem. The ruffle extends an additional 1" up from the top seam at the waist
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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