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1990s Givenchy Numbered Haute Couture Silk Brocade Black Velvet Bow Skirt Suit
Hubert de Givenchy wound down his forty-three-year career at his namesake brand during the Nineties, leaving behind a legacy of creating tailored, elegant and impeccable clothes for clients such as Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco. This haute couture skirt suit reflects his mastery.
The two-piece ensemble is cut from the most luxurious silk brocade. The lush fabric’s floral design beautifully catches the light and shimmers in deep copper with hints of orange. The silhouette is demure, with a fitted jacket and knee-length pencil skirt, to better showcase its impeccable details. Those visible to the eye are a trio of rococo-inspired black velvet bows and ornate buttons at the sleeves that are made from a circle of black crystal hearts set in gold.
Those that are less visible—but no less impressive—include a hand-set silk charmeuse lining, skirt zipper and hidden silk-covered snaps at the front placket. This is French workmanship at its finest, which never goes out of style. It makes this suit one that can be reached for time and time again for cocktail parties, galas and other formal occasions.
Jacket length: 26 inches
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: Up to 28 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Sleeve length: 24.5 inches
Shoulders: 16 inches
Waist: 27 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Length: 24.5 inches
This vintage Givenchy haute couture skirt suit from the Nineties is in excellent condition. It is made from an iridescent copper floral silk brocade. The two-piece ensemble features a long-sleeved jacket with a clean collar and fitted silhouette, and a knee-length pencil skirt. The jacket is embellished with three black velvet bows at the front and black crystal buttons at the sleeves. It closes at the front placket with hidden, hand-set, silk-covered snaps.
The skirt is finished at the back with a hand-set metal zipper that is 8 inches long and hook-and-eye closures. The inside of the suit is hand-sewn to perfection and includes a hand-finished silk charmeuse lining. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.