1970 Molyneux Haute-Couture Metallic Floral Lace & Crepe Bell-Sleeve Jumpsuit

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Incredibly rare and highly collectible Edward Molyneux metallic lace jumpsuit from his 1970 collection. After a period working for the British fashion designer Lucile, Molyneux opened his fashion house in Paris and became known for his "never too rich or too thin" idle slim "refined at the edge of outrageous" look, frowning on superfluous decoration. He firmly believed in simplicity; subtle in color and perfect in cut. Molyneux dressed the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gertrude Lawrence, Margaret Leighton, and Vivien Leigh. His followers included Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. This breathtaking garment is a wonderful example of his genius. I adore the sparkling embroidered floral-garden metallic couture lace with rose crepe-silk underlay. The bodice has a chic scalloped illusion neckline which flows into angelic bell-sleeves. The wide palazzo pant legs flow beautifully when worn. As Caroline Milbank once pointed out, "Molyneux was the designer to whom a fashionable woman would turn if she wanted to be absolutely right without being utterly predictable."

Measurements
Bust:37-38 inches
Hips:up to 44 inches
Total Length:57 inches
Pant Inseam:27 inches

This Edward Molyneux Haute-Couture jumpsuit is in excellent condition with no rips,holes or stains. The lace is in immaculate condition and completely hand-finished. Only sign of wear is some minor discoloration to the crepe underlay which is not noticeable when worn. Museum quality and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value!

Details

  • Designer
    Molyneux
  • Brand
    Molyneux
  • In the Style Of
    Jumpsuit
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Bust
    38 in. (97 cm)
  • Hip
    44 in. (112 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU3091661093
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