Spring 1982 Unlabeled Givenchy One Shoulder Purple Silk Dress
This wonderful Givenchy comes to me from its original owner who unfortunately removed the label from it.The placement of the label itched when she wore it and having a label in the dress did not mean anything of significance during this time period so out it went. A version of the dress was heavily photoed on Audrey Hepburn that year and another version also appeared in Vogue. My client chose to purchase it in the version made out of a sold colored silk taffeta that did not have the floral embellishments nestled in the folds of the side ruffled detailing.
The dress is wonderful and even better on a real body. The bodice is cut on a one shoulder silhouette and you can see that it is set a little higher up on the chest than you would normally expect. This really allows the beautiful ruffles to frame the face and give you coverage, but still have that flash of skin on the opposite shoulder. The body of the dress hugs your curves with the shape created by the gathers along the sides. The skirt is dropped and set into the body of the dress at the same angle as the shoulder is, sweeping up and creating length and curves. It has quite a bit of volume and this adds to the hour glass feel that dress has. Trailing up one hip is a ruffled detailing topped by silk taffeta rosettes. I love the shape this gives and the dress is stunning in real life. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a purple silk and closes with a side, hidden set metal and nylon zipper. It appears to have been worn very little, if at all. Hand finished
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Wanakee Pugh in Givenchy shot by Bill King, Vogue US, April 1982. / (2-4) Audrey Hepburn with Givenchy at the exhibition "Givenchy- 30 Years" at the Fashion Institute of Technology, May 10, 1982. / (5) Audrey Hepburn photographed by Douglas Kirkland for the publicity of “Love Among Thieves”. / (6) Audrey Hepburn with Givenchy. / (7) Lynne M Koester for SS 1982 Couture Givenchy. Photo by Rodolphe Haussaire. / (8) 1982 Givenchy Couture. Photo by Francesco Scavullo. / (9-11) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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