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1980s Densely Beaded Fine 'Koos Couture' Dress

About

Koos Van den Akker, who recently passed away, started off his career as an apprenticeship at Christian Dior in the late 1950s. This early exposure to Haute Couture shows in pieces like this even if his career is more well known for his patchwork and collage pieces. In and amongst those 80s eye-catchers were sublime little beaded works of art. They are perhaps the hardest of his work to find - I think women still hoard them - and when you do they take your breathe away. His work always started form the fabric and the fabric on this dress is a showstopper. The base is a light, fine net lace that is a deep red and black combination. Onto this are thousands and thousands of tiny black sequins hand sewn to follow the pattern of the lace and give the dress a subtle glimmer. The red portions are tiny seed beads, again hand applied by the thousands to the lace net below. It is fitted, short and sits off the shoulder. Underneath is a layer of fine black silk that covers the torso but leaves the tops of the shoulders and sleeves semi-transparent as well as a deep V in the back. It is divine and if you even remotely love it in the photos you will squeal when you see it in person. Very fine workmanship and truly exquisite. Excellent condition Lined in black silk and closes with a hidden set painted metal and nylon zipper. Fully boned through the torso. Shoulders: no defined seam Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam Length: 33" from top of shoulder (where it sits off shoulder) 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.

Details

  • Designer
    Koos Couture
  • Brand
    Koos Couture
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    12.5 in. (31.75 cm)
  • Hip
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    33 in. (83.82 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2305
  • Reference number
    LU128903332

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