thierry mugler

Runway Spring 1997 Thierry Mugler Fitted Black Dress w Extravagant Ruffled Silk Bodice

The twin of this dress walked the 1997 runway. It looked amazing on the runway that season and I am so pleased to have this one in the shop. Finding runway references for Mugler's work is not always easy as he would often change designs for production and produced many pieces that were not shown on the runway. It's an extraordinary find and a gorgeous dress.

I love the sharp fitted lines of the dress and how the lingerie feeling ruffles on the bodice give the dress an almost scandalous feel. This is classic Mugler and the ruffles gives the dress that overt sensuality that he so often worked into his creations. The dress is made out of a black jersey that is a touch thicker then normal so really molds and accentuates your curves. It is then seamed to further create that fitted shape that you see. The seams are all set into curving lines that curve down the body to create an hourglass shape. The seams also help to give the dress structure, shape and support. The waist nips in and the hips curve out following the lines of the body. Pockets are set to curve around each hip, which is a brilliant way to give the hips more shape. The skirt is cut above the knee and curves in slightly at the hem for a more fitted silhouette. The bust is spectacular. It is seamed and molded like a bra cup and then little ruffles in an ivory silk are applied to the edge at the front. The tops of the ruffle is jagged and finished with an embroidered edging. So you are completely covered but at the same time it has that French maid, lingerie feel to it. You only have to look at the runway photos included to know how wonderful this one is. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a back zipper. Tagged a vintage Mugler 38. The cups will probably fit up to a small B

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from top of straps to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3518

Reference Photos: Spring 1997 Couture Thierry Mugler Runway Collection, Look 15.

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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