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Nina Ricci Black Lace Ruffles Fishtail Evening Gown, 2013


Even the most ladylike Parisienne enjoys taking a walk on the wild side every so often. In 2013, Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping decided to create the clothes for her dalliance. “It’s the other side of the Ricci woman,” he said of his spring collection. “She has toughened up.”

But only so much, as is beautifully captured in this evening gown. It embraces all those vampy tropes: corset-like seaming, va-va-va-voom tailoring, seductive sheer black lace and a fishtail hem that would be right at home in Morticia Addams’ wardrobe. Then it grounds them in prettiness.

A jewel neckline and shoulder-length sleeves are demure. A sweetheart seam at the bustline is youthful. A lining (from the bust to the thigh) is modest. The allover blooms are dainty, and the frills that spill from the thighs out onto the floor are unbelievably elegant. This is edginess at its most refined. It will make an entrance at any black-tie affair—today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Size estimate: S


Bust: 32-34 inches

Waist: 30 inches

Hips: 36-37 inches

Length: 61 inches

Back zipper: 22.5 inches

This Nina Ricci evening gown from 2013 is in excellent condition. It is designed from a floral black lace in a floor-sweeping fishtail silhouette. It is tailored to hug the body and accentuate its curves.

It has a jewel neckline, fitted elbow-length sleeves, intricate corset-like inverted seams and a long hidden zipper at the back. From the bust to the thigh is a black silk 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.

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