Iconic evening gown ensemble by Valentino was created for the 1989 Spring/Summer collection and featured on page 204 of the book, Valentino, Thirty Years of Magic, published by Rizzoli in 1992. According to the book, this design was inspired by a 16th century wooden stool inlaid with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pear. Valentino was known to be inspired often by medieval art. This ensemble can also be seen online as a video of the runway collection from the period (contact me for the link or google search Fashion Tube and Valentino 1989 Runway, where you'll see the same gown at appx 1:11 into the video). An identical ensemble was also featured in the exhibit 'Nan Kempner: American Chic' which was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from December 2006 - March 2007 and at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from June - November 2007. Kempner owned and wore the same set. This ensemble consists of a brown silk chiffon top completely covered in sequins, mother-of-pearl leaves, gold chain embroidery and bronze color seed beads. The top has a wide set neckline that sits at the top of the shoulders and is self-lined in a second layer of brown silk chiffon with a hand-stitched side nylon zipper and snaps at the cuffs. The full length skirt is crafted of 3 layers of matching brown silk chiffon, which help it to move so nicely and swish as one walks (watch the runway video!). Gathers are set into a yoke that is attached to a set-on waistband. Fastens with a side nylon zipper. In excellent vintage condition with only very minimal signs of wear - there's one teensy snag in the silk next to the zipper (about the size of a pin head) which is hard to see when wearing but evident upon close inspection. Freshly steamed and ready for wear. Tagged VALENTINO BOUTIQUE and Made in Italy. There is no size label but this set would best fit a modern size M. Measurements: Top Bust: 37in Waist: 34in Length: 23in Sleeve Length: 23in Skirt Waist: 28in Hips: full Length: 41 1/2in
- In the Style OfMedival
- Place of originItaly
- Material notes
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- Marked sizeUnmarked; fits like modern M (US)
- Bust37 in. (93.98 cm)
- Waist28 in. (71.12 cm)
- Seller locationPort Saint Lucie, FL
- Seller reference numberValentino Evening Gown Ensemble
- Reference numberLU40721211842
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