Spring 1994 Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre Jacket w Metal Accents
I love this jacket and think it is a beautiful example of Ferre's work during his time as Creative Director for Dior. The twin of this piece walked the runway and I have included the video of the piece in its debut as well as a still capturing it on the catwalk. The tag is numbered which for the boutique line label usually denotes a custom order or an order by an established client during this time period.
On the runway this was one of the pieces that was used to really show movement during the show. Because it was swung about, it gave us only the shortest glimpse of the details it has, but thankfully we get to see it in all its glory here. The jacket itself is fairly simple in cut. The sleeves are cut straight and wide and the body of the jacket falls from the shoulders in a classic swing silhouette. As it nears the hem the volume becomes more and more apparent and it is very loose and full so should fit almost any frame. There are no closures at the front and it is the kind of piece that you can literally slip over anything and it will work. The beauty of this one is in the heavy metal embellishments that were the cornerstone of this runway shows theme. Running down each cuff is a large design made of individually set pieces made out of cut-work and filigree silver metal. These are set within an intricate pattern of gold metal thread embroidered directly into the fabric. It is further embellished with beads and crystals. At the low front towards the hem, are two elaborate metal pieces, attached to glossy round gold and black rings. These hang suspended from the heavy silk braiding that runs down the front. The two top portions are attached by wrapped silver metal cording and at the bottom of each of these flat tassels is an attached woven fabric piece that is embellished with silver cording, crystals and beads. These are also set within an elaborate gold metal thread design and each is attached only at their tops so they hang off from the jacket. Finishing it off are pockets set in the hips. It is remarkable, extremely well made and my client says that it was never worn. One of my favorite pieces. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk and it has no closures at the front. The tag is numbered 54907 and it is a size 36. The extremely generous cut should fit a full range of sizes and just feel more oversized on smaller frames
Sleeves: approx 18" from natural shoulder
Dropped shoulders with no true fitted seam
Length: 31 " from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: (1-2) From the Christian Dior S/S 1994 Runway Show Video (below). / (3-5) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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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