Late 1970s-Early 1980s Arnold Scaasi Couture Black & Pink Silk Dress

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Yards and yards of a heavyweight, high end silk were used in this striking Arnold Scassi gown. Scaasi studied under Charles James and you can see that influence especially in this piece. This would have been made in house and a part of his custom, his made to order, couture line and dates to the late 1970s, early 1980s. The silk used for the gown is just incredible, rich and heavy. The bodice is a strapless cut and is gathered to follow and highlight your curves. I love how he has extended the fit down and past the hips giving the body a long, lean line. Where the skirt is set into the bodice, he has brought the seam slightly up at the front to trick the eye visually to see a smaller waistline. He then brings the line down and into a deep point at the back to make the eye travel and give the body length. The skirt is full and dramatic - a true ballgown skirt. The inside construction of the gown is amazing. The inner skirt has two layers of fine black silk with a broad band of horsehair taping at the bottom hem. Over this lie four full layers of silk net tulle and then the exterior skirt sits over all of that and is self-lined in a silk organza. The entire interior of the dress is exquisitely constructed and it is all hand finished and done to couture standards. The ruffle that trails down the front with its shocking pink backing is the perfect finishing touch to this wonderful gown. It appears unworn. This gown was featured in the ModeCanada150 exhibit in Toronto, Canada Fall 2017. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a fine black tissue silk. The bodice is boned and it closes with a back metal zipper. The inner skirt construction is described as above. Hand finished and to couture standards.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 19" from top of bodice to dropped waist at the front
Skirt: 39" from dropped waist 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
    Arnold Scaasi
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    AU1310081281814
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