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Missoni Vintage Shimmery Silk Jersey Colorful Print Clear Sequin Pant Suit
Slip though the evening in this shimmery pantsuit by Italian couple Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. Known for developing complex machine-knits, Missoni blazed a trail of color and pattern throughout the 1970s. A 1987 runway show prompted the New York Times’ Bernadine Morris to coo, “The Missoni show was…a kaleidoscope not only of brilliant colors but also of patterns that alternately suggested abstract modern art and the splendor of Chinese porcelains and brocades.”
Made from a lightweight 100% silk jersey and covered with a grid of clear sequins, this ensemble’s fabric skims the body with satisfying weight and drape. An energetic multi-color print splashes over a deep black background, providing balance with an overall simple cut. The hip length jacket features slightly dropped shoulders and gentle fit through the waist and hips.
A v-neckline, which extends down to bust, fastens with a long tie that is an extension of the multi-color striped knit trim that edges the center front opening, hem, and pant waist. Darted pants fit slim through the waist and hips before falling with fullness to the floor. As Morris suggested in her 1987 review, this pantsuit pulls strongly from modern artists of the 1980s, evoking the likes of Keith Haring. Ride the wave of 80s retro, updating this fabulous jumpsuit with satin booties, kicky make-up and terrific hair. (03/08/89, Bernadine Morris, New York Times)
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Shoulders: 18 1/4 inches
Sleeve length: 24 inches
Jacket length: 31 inches
Waist: 26-28 inches
Length: 45 inches
Rise: 16 inches
Leg width measure from bottom of each side: 36 inch circumference
This vintage pantsuit by Missoni is in excellent condition, with a few missing sequins only noticeable upon close inspection. Made from 100% printed silk jersey covered in clear sequins, the hip length jacket and full cut pants drape beautifully over the body. The jacket features full length sleeves and a v-neckline that dips down to the bust line where it is fastened with a long this knit tie.
The tie is an extension of the trim, which edges the neckline and center front opening, and waistband on the pants. Dropped shoulder seams provide a relaxed fit, with slight shaping through waist. 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.