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Christian Lacroix Midnight Sparkle Runway Gown FW 98/99
Known for his opulent and theatrical designs, French designer Christian Lacroix launched his first Haute Couture collection in 1987. Drawing inspiration from history and folklore, his debut collection continues to resonate with contemporary artists. Named the “king of color” by Vogue in 1990, he often created striking color palettes that made his designs even more remarkable.
Lacroix served as creative director for Pucci from 2002-2005, designed costumes for the Paris Opera Ballet, and notably partnered with Dries Van Noten in 2019 to critical acclaim. From his Fall/Winter 98-99 collection, this enchanting gown is a fine example of Lacroix’s craftsmanship and eye for beauty.
Done in a black viscose crepe with sparkling silver embellishments, this dress is sultry and sophisticated at once. The gown begins with a plunging, asymmetrical V shaped neckline and long sleeves that reach the wrists. The dress falls from structured shoulders to a maxi length at the ankles in a dainty high-low hem, creating a columnar silhouette.
Size: 42 FR
Size estimate: MED/LRG
Sleeves: 24 inches
Bust: 37 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Hips: 38.5 inches
Length: 58 front-63 inches at back
The sparkling silver embellishments are artfully arranged and strategically placed to evoke the magnificence of the night sky while creating a striking two-tone pattern: black with some sparkle, and silver with some black. The silver stars also accentuate the lines of the body, especially the curve that cuts across the bodice from shoulder to hip, creating the illusion of a wrap dress.
An off-center thigh high slit at the front of the dress adds a welcome risqué element that allows the fabric to move beautifully with the wearer while the excellent craftsmanship and silver detailing gives the eye something new to appreciate from each angle. A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this ravishing gown is the perfect choice for a gala, wedding, or special occasion, and can easily be styled with heels and statement accessories.
This Christian Lacroix gown is lined in silk and closes with a back metal zip. In excellent condition, it 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.