Stunnng 1980s Givenchy Gold Sequin on Blue Silk Chiffon Skirt & Top Dress Set
In 1952, Givenchy founded his namesake house on Rue Alfred de Vigny in Paris and quickly rose to fame as one of the grand couturiers. 16 years later for the 1968-69 season, he added a ready-to-wear line of clothing and accessories called 'Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique'. The line was initially sold in the United States exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman and was eventually made available at other retailers. The line was high end and extremely well made and it was made to appeal to his non-couture clients who wanted to be able to purchase a piece of the Givenchy dream. This label continued until 1992 when it was retired and rebranded as the Givenchy Couture label.
This is actually a skirt and top set which is great because it makes it very versatile. When worn together you definitely get the feel and look of a dress but you can also break them up and wear them with other pieces of your wardrobe. The base is a gorgeous silk chiffon dyed to a stunning blue colour. Worked through the silk is a dense application of gold sequins that are strung together with a gold metallic thread that becomes a part of the design. These give the dress a subtle shimmer as they catch the light from every angle. The top is cut to be loose and blouse over you. It has a high collar that is finished with a different pattern of the gold thread and sequins to give it a bit of contrast. The sleeves are quite full and then narrow down as they reach the cuffs. The cuffs are finished with that same contrasting band as the collar. I took a photo of the top on its own so that you can see that it was finished in the proper couture method of leaving a panel of the silk chiffon with no embellishments on it below where the sequins end. This is so that you can tuck it into the skirt without ruining the sequins and also so that it lies flat under the skirt and stays in place. The skirt is made out of the same blue and gold sequin fabric and has that same contrasting border detailing placed at the hem and the waist. It falls to the floor and gently widens out as it nears the hem. Both the skirt and the top are gorgeous on their own and together they are magic. Excellent condition
Both pieces are fully lined in a fine blue silk chiffon and there is also a inner silk lining in the skirt. The top has a hook and eye at the back of the neck and hidden set zippers at each cuff. The skirt closes with a side painted metal zipper below the waist line and hook & eye on the waist band above that. Light padding in each shoulder. Hand finished. Marked a vintage 8
Neck: 14" around
Sleeves: approx 21"
Shoulders: no true seam
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom hem: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 16" from neck to bottom of sequins, 21" from neck to hem
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from waist to 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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