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1970s Hand Made Maxi Dress in Silk Crepe with Embellishments

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Product Description

Divine  Italian hand made  front opening Empire line evening dress with fabulous asymmetrical hemline enhanced with hand embroidered placement designs. The skirt is impossibly wide due to the way the fabric has been cut. There is a single side seem in the skirt to the left hand side at the back of the gown. Surplice V neck front opening created by the fold over front, fastened with press studs to the left side front. Press studs closure continues inside dress round the waistline to centre back. Narrow set in sleeves end in fine metal zip fastenings. Curved hem.

Made from heavy silk satin backed crepe, silk lining to skirt and body, press studs are fabric covered, zips sewn in by hand, seams have hand finished with blanket stitched edges.

Embellishments are hand embroidered sequin, chenille and prong set diamante in hot pink and orange. The kidney shaped and circular motifs are defined by black chenille edges. The flowers have a 3D effect.

Curated from the collection of an Italian Atelier seamstress who worked for catwalk shows in Paris for Philippe Venet and others.

This is a very rare one off piece hand made for such a catwalk show.

Philippe Venet was assistant designer to Schiaparelli Paris between 1951 and 1953, Master Taylor at Givenchy between 1953 and 1962 and established his own Couture House in Paris in 1962.

You can clearly see the influence of Venet and Schiaparelli in this important piece.


LABEL – None

SIZE – 10-12


Fabric Weight: Medium to heavy

COLOUR – Black silk, peach, copper red, deep rose gold, pale acid green, sunflower yellow, peach, red

DATE – early1970s

CLOSURE – Press Studs

CONDITION – Excellent, almost mint – Used with no noticeable flaws.



Shoulder width 370mm 14.5”

V neck depth and back of neck 650mm 25.5”

Back length neck to hem 1370mm 54”

High waistline to shoulder 310mm 12”

Skirt front (flap)from high waist to hem 775mm 30”

Skirt length long part at front 1060mm 41.5”

Armhole 440mm 8.5”

Sleeve length 590mm 23”

Underarm length 440mm 17”

Arm Zip length 120mm 4.5”

Wrist 190mm 7.5”

Interior press stud fastenings 8 in total, sewn at 75mm 2.5” apart

Inside foldover at waist 330mm 13”

Hem 3500mm 138”

Kidney shaped sequin embellishment approx 120mm x 60mm 5”x 2.5”

Round sequin embellishment approx 100mm 4” cir

Flowers approx 40mm 1.5”

BODY SHAPE – 1. Angular