ARCHIVE: 1990s Christian Lacroix Black Wool Jersey And Net Gown With Velvet Inserts

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This 1990s black wool jersey and sheer net dress with velvet inserts is by flamboyant designer Christian Lacroix. This is the exact same dress modelled by Shalom Harlow at the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1992-1993 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in 1992. This desirable catalogued piece is from the collection of a Parisian socialite and would have been made to order.

The fine knit and super soft lana wool jersey follows the curve of the figure with a straight cut skirt finishing below the knee. The upper bodice both front and back is comprised of sheer net fabric interspersed with velvet inserts that are fashioned into an asymmetrical abstract design which graduates onto the lower bodice. The turtle neckline is also net and is embroidered with velveteen thread and fastens at the reverse with a series of round buttons at the nape. The long sleeves are adorned with candlewick velvet tassels on each shoulder, reminiscent of military trim. The dress is designed to slip easily over the head and so there is no zip fastening. It is unlined. This striking piece is perfect for coller weather and will accommodate a range of sizes due to the nature of the fabric. We recommend a US size 6-8, UK size 10-12.

BUST - 38 in. (96.52 cm)
WAIST - 34 in. (86.36 cm)
HIP - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
LENGTH - 39 in. (99.06 cm)
SLEEVE LENGTH - 62.2cms / 24.5"
ACROSS BACK - 39.3cms / 15.5"

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We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

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Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

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Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

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Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

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