1980s Gianfranco Ferre Backless Column Dress

Gianfranco Ferre is best known for his years at the helm of Dior where he headed the Atelier and House from 1989 until 1996. Prior to that he was designing his own line that launched in 1978 as a ready-to-wear line and then eventually added a couture line in 1986. This is an amazing and very sexy gown from that period in the 1980s that he was designing under his own name. It showcases that wonderful minimalist feel that was the cornerstone of Ferre best work. This approach to design is why I feel he is sometimes overlooked as a designer but it is work like this that stands the test of time. Later designers in the 1990s built on this feel but he was a man ahead of his time and the simplicity of his work was in stark contrast to the excess of the 1980s. The top is cut in a simple halter neck that scoops up and around the neck and then curves down the sides and around the back. The back is left completely bare as a result. The dress skims over the torso in a sleek column, gliding over the waist. The waist itself is given shape through vertical seaming. The skirt is long and slim cut with a dramatic slit up the back. It is very flattering and the simplicity at first glance belies the masterful cut and line. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a fine black silk and closes with a low back zipper that begins at the waist. The back is left open and a there is a flat hook and eye at the back neck. Ribbon finished interior seams.

Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 58" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD1819

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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