Stunning 1970s Victor Costa Red & Black Striped Satin Finish Strapless Dress
Victor Costa launched his label in 1974 and was known for producing his own versions of what was seen on the Paris runways. He chose good fabrics and his designs were often very close interpretations of other designers work but with his own unique twist when it came to colors, cut and fabrics.
This dress is extremely striking with its graphic red and black striped design that runs over the entire dress. I love how the stripes are set on both horizontal and vertical lines to highlight and emphasize the different parts of the cut of the dress. The mix of the red and black is such a bold and strong choice and the use of satin as his fabric choice just makes it better. It gives the dress the most amazing finish and the fabric has just a touch of weight to it that helps to hold the shape. The bodice is fitted and strapless and cut to curve around the bust. The waist nips in and the hips are emphasized by that wonderful attached peplum just below the waist seam. It also has its original tie belt in a matching fabric that allows you to cinch the waist in further. From there the skirt falls to the floor and widens out as it nears the hem. There is quite a lot of fullness and volume to the skirt created by the addition of an attached tulle underskirt inside and you could add even more fullness. For these shots I have added a light full length crinoline so that you can really get an idea of the skirt. There is room to add an even fuller one if you really wanted to go full on volume. I also shot it without a crinoline for you to see that and you can see that in the final shot in the series of the full length photos included here. It is really an incredible dress and is even better on an actual body. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and the skirt has an attached layer of tulle to help hold its shape. The bodice is fully lined and lightly boned. The dress closes with a back zipper. It has its original matching fabric tie belt. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. The crinoline used in the shots is not included.
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem with 3" turned under the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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