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Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld Grey Floral Silk Maxi Dress, 1980s


Karl Lagerfeld is something of a fashion legend. Having worked for a panoply of notorious fashion houses, Lagerfeld designed for Chloé in the late 60s-80s and later in the 90s. His work at Chloé encapsulated the classic femininity of the label, playing with soft forms and pastel tones. Presumably from his work during the 80s, this tiered maxi dress is done in a whisper grey printed silk chiffon.

On the grey ground, stylized white flowers float about with accents of orange, blue, or yellow. Overall, the dress has a columnar silhouette, with a subtle A-line on the overlay, and a slightly curved high-torso neckline. Unlike many chiffon dresses, the bodice is boned which allows for a better fit around the upper body. Below the overlay that falls approximately to hip level, the underdress extends to ankle length with a slight peg at the hem line. This dress offers a playful midcentury aesthetic in an easy, light style.


Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 31 inches

Hips: 40 inches

Length: 56.5 inches

At the centre back hem, there is a slit to allow for ease when walking. The dress closes at centre back with a centered zip and is fully lined with a hand-set light grey silk. In very good condition, this dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. 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.

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