Rare 1988 Valentino Rhinestone Detailed "Cupid" Silk Gown
This bold gown by Valentino is a testament to his innovative use of fabrics and attention to detail. The top is done in a classic classic Valentino red silk crepe that has a waffle weave design running through the fabric giving it an extra layer of texture and interest. The shoulders are strong and padded to create that perfect eighties silhouette with sleeves are kept long and lean to balance it out. The front plunges to the top of the wide and gathered waist band that gives shape and balance between the strong upper and lower portions of the gown. The skirt is a work of art in itself and is really the centerpiece of this gown. The cut is sculpted and shaped to curve out from below the cinched in waistline. It is made of an emerald green silk and set into the waist by softly gathered pleats that circle the waist that help to give it the volume and shape you see. To further help with this shape there are panels of stiffened net attached within the interior of the skirt at the hip. Circling the skirt are scattered, round cut out medallions that are each backed with a red silk the same hue as the top. Each of those cut outs featured a beautiful little angelic cupid that is detailed hand set rhinestones. The gown is extraordinarily well made and very unusual. Excellent, museum quality condition
The top is lined with a red silk organza chiffon and the skirt is fully lined in silk with stiffened net all around the hips to increase the volume there. It closes with a back painted zipper and has padded shoulders. Each sleeve zips to close. There are the occasional small pulls here and there on the top. Nothing that detracts but it is mentioned for accuracy.
Shoulders: 17" (cut wide)
Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 38.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) 1988 Valentino Runway. / (2-4) Photographed for creative purposes on Nini Nguyen of Nini's Style courtesy of Nini and her team. Click here to see the full lookbook >
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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