Detail: Unbelievably stunning two-piece evening ensemble from the House of Versace (Atelier, couture label). This piece is in fact from the very first Versace Atelier collection. Intricate construction, and lots of hand finishing. The dress delivers a beautiful silhouette with a subtle tulip shape from waist to hem and contrasting corsetry detailing to bust line which is mirrored in the back of the dress. Wonderful use of harlequin design to each bust cup; one in a shade of of purple, the other in dusty pink. The shoulder straps are encrusted with a diamonte motif. Velvet trim. Side zip closure. The jacket is rather more understated. Reminiscent of Chanel, with three horizontal coloured strips. Both pieces are fully lined.
Size: Sized an Italian 40 (UK8). Dress: Bust 32. Waist 26. Hips upto 34. Length from top of shoulder srap 33.5. Jacket: Shoulder seam to seam 14.5. Sleeves from shoulder seam to cuff 22. Length 19. (inches) Size Conversion Chart
Colour: Black with Purple, Pale Blue, Yellow, Dusty Pink
1980s: Designer labels defined the 80s, where a new breed of urban capitalist emerged. Dedicated to money, status and all the trappings of conspicuous consumption, Thatcher encouraged a "shop till you drop" mentality. Big hair and equally big shoulders drove the 'executive look' which had first found expression in the 70s to then mature into what became known as 'power dressing'. The style was masculine, strong and aggressive with feminizing short skirts. Glamour was reserved for the evenings where frills in the early 80s gave way to overtly body-conscious silhouettes that engaged skimpy dresses in lycra and leather with lots of toned flesh and teetering heels.
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