Sexy 1980s Fabrice Simon Black Densely Beaded Silk Chiffon Dress w PLunge Front
This is a stunning and rare dress designed by Coty Award winning, Haitian born designer, Fabrice Simon. His clothes were worn by some of entertainments most famous names - Kathleen Turner, Natalie Cole, Ivana Trump and Whitney Houston, who wire one of his dresses o the 1988 Grammy's. The top supermodels of the time like Iman, Beverly Johnson, Christy Brinkley and Jerry Hall were all fans. Fabrice is a designer that is not as well-known but should be. He was one of the preeminent black designers during this time period and pieces by him are hard to find. This dress is gorgeous and typical of his flashy glitzy style.
Fabrice was known for his handmade dresses and he excelled at evening pieces. At the time his work sold for $2000-3000 dollar - the equivalent of about $7500 today. This is a gorgeous example of his work. The dress is made out of a black silk chiffon that is densely covered with one of his own self drawn designs. The pattern is made from a combination of silver and clear tube beads, faux pearls and little silver ball beads. This is all then combined with curved lines of silver sequins worked into and round the design. These cover the entire dress and I love how the pattern is laid out to highlight the edges and design. The top is made to skim over you with soft shoulders and no collar. The neckline has hidden hooks and this allows you to wear it more closed for modesty or you can choose to wear it open and plunged completely to the waist. The waist is elastic and the dress comes with its original matching about that is completely covered in silver tube beads. This adds a striking pop of glitter around the waist and gives you shape. The skirt skimmed over the hip and falls into layers. Each layer ends in a jagged pointed design and the beads and faux pearls follow that design. The sleeves are the perfect finish with their fabulous balloon finish. This is a rare dress by one of the few black American designers from this time period. I love it. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk chiffon except for the sleeves. It slips on to wear with elastic through the waist. Each cuff hooks to close. It comes with its original matching belt that hooks to close. Tagged a vintage
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from top of bodice to waist but meant to blouse over a bit
Skirt: 33" 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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