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Early 1970s Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture Printed Silk Day Dress


Many people do not know that Emanuel Ungaro took a position with Balenciaga in 1958 and in 1960 he became the chief designer of the house, staying there until 1964 before he briefly went on to Courreges before opening his own couture atelier in 1965. The house has fallen from its former glory of the sixties through to the eighties, but in its heyday, the label was a force in the world of Haute Couture. By the 1970s his brilliant use of print and color combined with soft fluid tailoring made him a darling of the jet set. This gorgeous little day dress is a beautiful example of the more conservative end of his range in cut, but it still has that pop of a print that he was known for. It is made of a fine printed silk with a mod feeling print that covers its entire surface. It can be worn for the day or for cocktails with proper accessorizing. I love the refined cut and those full, balloon cut sleeves. The fabric is very light in weight and backed in a fine silk that gives the dress a very sensual feel once on. No shortcut was taken in the construction and it is of course, entirely made by hand. The neckline is high and yoked with the shoulders and bodice softly gathered. A fabric tie runs around the waist so that you can wear it loose and easy in more of a shift shape, or you can tie them in to cinch it for added shape. The skirt has two little slant pockets that sit on each hip. However much you think this looks fabulous in the photographs it is far better in person and on a body. Excellent condition with one small condition note below about the lining. Fully lined in a hand set silk of very high quality. It closes with a hand set, painted metal zipper and hook and eye at the back. Each cuff has a fine hand set zipper and hook & eye. The belt is partially attached and snaps into place where it is not. Note that the exterior has no flaws whatsoever, but there is a small amount of shattering under each arm to the lining only. It is stable enough to wear as presented. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely made by hand. Haute Couture tape label present under label #H205-5-74 Sleeves: 25" approx. Shoulders: no defined seam Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 14.5" from shoulder to waist Skirt: 28" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


  • Designer
    Emmanuelle Ungaro
  • Brand
    Emanuel Ungaro
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good. Note that the exterior presents as excellent, inside there is shattering under each arm to the lining. Price accordingly but it is stable enough to wear as is and is sold entirely original. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Waist
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Hip
    23 in. (58.42 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    42.5 in. (107.95 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2522
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