Valentino couture, pleated , printed silk chiffon cocktail dress. circa 1970s For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 10 images

Valentino couture, pleated , printed silk chiffon cocktail dress. circa 1970s


The single most important and successful designer to emerge in Rome during the 1960s was Valentino. Before establishing his business in 1960 he studied fashion design at Milan’s Academia dell’Arte and then perfected his technique at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in France. Five years of assisting Jean Dessès, the influential Greek couturier who specialised in draping, gave Valentino the foundation to create some of the most extraordinary beautiful garments of our time. Valentino is a talent of gargantuan proportions. His style is firmly anchored within the couture tradition of luxury and quality. His clothes have a sophisticated sense of proportion, are refined yet opulent and above all look as feminine as possible. This Valentino couture dress is a delicate creation. Constructed with a silk chiffon material printed with white dots suggesting uneven raindrops. Featuring a bodice gathered at the waist with small butterfly sleeves and small stand up collar. The flare skirt has hand sunray pleats and is adorned with two panels that fold over in an asymmetric pinafore-like arch emphasising the waist. Fastening of the bodice is with a series of silk passementerie buttons. Under the panels the skirt fastens with small hand stitched press buttons. The dress is worn with a full silk belt made of identical material to the dress and is lined at the bodice with silk chiffon.


  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Measurements Bust: 34inch/86.4cm Waist: 31inch/78.5cm Sleeve: 20inch/50.8cm Shoulder: 15inch/39.4cm Total length: 48inch/122cm Conditions The dress has a few pulls that appear almost as features of the chiffon material.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked Size
    8 (EU)
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 3 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
1stdibs seller since 2017
Located in London, GB
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Léonard Paris silk jersey print dress, A / W 1971
Leonard, Leonard
Christian Dior silk jersey chiton style dress. ...
Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Jean Patou stylised floral motifs brushed wool ...
Jean Patou, Jean Patou
Hermès printed black birds on a chocolate cotto...
Hermès, Hermès
You May Also Like
Fall 1974-1975 Jean Patou Haute Couture Défilé ...
Jean Patou, Jean Patou
Jean Paul Gaultier long silk bustier dress with...
Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Paul Gaultier
1990s Nina Ricci (attributed to) Opera dress wi...
Nina Ricci, Unknown
Kenzo Jap Spring-Summer 1977 floral peach cotto...
Kenzo, Kenzo
Alaia Autumn-Winter 1986 apricot acetate knit e...
Azzedine Alaïa, Azzedine Alaïa
Gianni Versace Autumn-Winter 2000 peach net lac...
Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace
Satin floral maxi dress with maxi bell sleeves,...
Dolce & Gabbana pale pink crepe halter-neck min...
Dolce & Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries