2003 Givenchy Fall Haute Couture Green Velvet Skirt Suit

This is an an exceptional green velvet cocktail suit by Julien Macdonald for Givenchy's Fall/Winter Haute Couture 2003 presentation and is look number 2. The jacket features unusual gathered puff shoulders and a tapered sleeve with a zip detail at each cuff, creating a romantic, almost Victorian silhouette. The front fastens up the left hand side with a zip closure and a long row of velvet covered buttons which lead up to the high asymmetrical pointed collar. The inside of the jacket is lined with a luxuriously soft green grey silk, and the velvet itself is lovely and thick - a deep forest green shade, and of the highest quality. The skirt is made from the same velvet and cut in a classic pencil shape, with a left hand side zip fastening and hook and eye at the top. The front has four front seams which elongate the lower body, and the back is shaped beautifully in an almost fishtail-like design.

Julien Macdonald joined Givenchy in 2001, replacing Alexander McQueen as artistic director. That same year he was also named British Fashion Designer of the year - an accolade which reflected the high quality and craftsmanship of his work. Vogue said of the collection that Julien Macdonald chose to go back to basics at Givenchy Couture. Working with the two mainstays of the house’s heritage—the memory of Audrey Hepburn and a reputation for suits—the designer emphasized daywear (something that has evaporated from many couture collections) and made overt references to Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the program notes.

Both the skirt and the jacket are in pristine vintage condition, with no flaws or marks and the design is identical to the show sample save for the sleeves; the runway version was shown with tulle cuffs and a ruff neckline but this subtle adaptation is eminently more practical for a formal dinner or soiree. The couture client's measurements best correspond to a UK size 10 UK, or 6 US.



WAIST: 28 in. ( 71.12 cm )
HIP: 37 in. ( 93.98 cm )
LENGTH: 28 in. ( 71.12 cm )


BUST: 39 in. ( 99.06 cm )
SHOULDER: 17 in. ( 43.18 cm )
WAIST: 31 in. ( 78.74 cm )
LENGTH: 20 in. ( 50.8 cm )

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