Rare 1970s Carven Lace Strapless Dress

Slightly insane yet still oddly fabulous this rare Carven strapless dress is a real find! From the late 70's it has the beginnings of what the next decade would bring to the fashion table - fabulous extravagance and exaggerated proportions. The body of the dress is strapless and fitted. A sleek silk satin interior is covered with black lace over which black silk ribbon is hand applied and twisted into little florets. This skims and hugs the body to the hips and then all craziness breaks loose. The lower portion of the hem explodes in a profusion of pleated ruffles and huge satin flowers at the front. The volume is perfectly balanced by the bareness of the shoulders and despite its over the top feel it somehow manages to stay to right side of the line for chic. Very rare piece. Excellent condition

Bust: 17î flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14î flat across from side seam to side seam the inside dress
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam the inside dress
Length: 37" from top of bust to hem

Fully lined in black silk satin. It closes with a side zipper. The bodice has interior boning through the bust area for additional support.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED (6-10)

Item# DD955

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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