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Vintage Karl Lagerfeld Black Mock Neck Sheer Panel Net Evening Dress, 1980s
The late Karl Lagerfeld is undoubtedly one of the most renown fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Having served as creative director of multiple fashion houses simultaneously—most notably Chanel—Lagerfeld’s success lies in the reimagining of the known versus revolutionizing trends. From his own line, and quite possibly a take on the little black dress, this mid-to-late 80s Karl Lagerfeld dress is done in a silky rayon crepe accented by net panels throughout.
The dress boasts a slimming, hourglass silhouette with a mild hint at Yuppie styles as the bodice has two curved crepe sections separated by a channel of net that goes up to form a mock-neck collar. The skirt traces the curves of the wearer to an ankle length high-low hemline with four rounded net godets. A net and rayon fitted sleeve that flares out into a trumpet-shaped split cuff mirrors the softer flare of the hem.
Shoulders: 14 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Length: 55 inches front, 60 inches back
There are fabric-covered button closures at both centre back and on each sleeve giving it a regal finish. On the interior, the solid crepe panels are lined with a black silk. 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.