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Chloé Boteh Dress High Neck Lace Inset, 1981
Karl Lagerfeld opened the 1980s at Chloe with a return to the traditional. As the house began to shift its direction to designing for the career woman, Lagerfeld paralleled this shift with an ode to a folksy femininity and a demure yet decadent line.
From the Summer 1981 line, this dress is made from a silk crepe de chine with a muted paisley print in muted tones of brick red, moss green, teal, and buff. The dress features a dainty, ivory lace high collar that is inset into a rounded V-neckline. The lace extends over the dropped shoulder finishing in a zigzag.
Through the bodice, the dress has a relaxed fit and is lightly pleated at the waist. From there a heavily pleated skirt falls to a thigh length. The heavy pleating and the warm tones of the prints create a mesmerizing effect. Loose sleeves complete this garment offering a vintage and folk aesthetic.
Full or traditional textures and a demure silhouette, this dress is an excellent pastiche piece that is a comfortable and lightweight option for a day out or for a semi-formal occasion.
Size estimate: S/M
Shoulders: 21 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: fitted with elastic 24 - 32 inches
Hips: full Length: 48 inches
Unlined, this dress is fitted at the waist with elastic. At the centre back neck, the dress closes with a series of pearl buttons on the lace. In excellent 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.