karl lagerfeld

Runway Spring 1991 Karl Lagerfeld Black Crepe & Creamy Ivory Sequin Dress w Pocket

This dress is from Karl Lagerfeld's own label. He launched his self-named label in 1984 and this dress is from 1991 making it a fairly early example of the work he was doing for his own label. Pieces from his personal label were far edgier then the work he did for Chanel. It was a label where he explored a more avant garde feel with his designs and pushed the envelope more. This is a fantastic example of that yet is still cut with the sharp tailoring and flattering lines he was known for. This one he's a little special because we found the photo of its twin on the runway worn by Yasmeen Ghauri. I love having this reference photo because it allows you to see just how fabulous this dress is once it's on a body. It is a seriously stunning piece. 

The dress is out of a combination of a lightweight black crepe combined with densely applied ivory coloured sequins. It has an almost graphic colour block feel to it. The main body of the dress is done in the black crepe and it is cut in a shift shape with just a bit of curving in at the waist. It has a V at the front and then dips down into an angled deeper V at the back. The sleeves are capped and extend out from the shoulder without any seams to break the line. It skims over the bust waist and hips and flares out just a touch at the hem. I love how one side of the dress is covered in those tightly spaced rows of sequins. This goes over the shoulder to include the sleeve and then continues down to the back. It fully wraps around your side. On the side opposite to that is a low slung top set pocket. The pocket is also heavily embellished with the sequins and it is fully functional. I love how both the pocket and the sequins on the other side have the same curve along the bottom to define their edges. It is an absolutely gorgeous dress and an important part of Lagerfeld's history. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes at the back with a zipper. Tagged a 42. The pocket is functional

Shoulders: no true defined seams
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36.5" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4173

Reference Photo/Video: Spring 1991 Karl Lagerfeld Runway. Model: Yasmeen Ghauri.

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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