This velvet and silk gown with its matching cape is from Nina Ricci's "Mademoiselle Ricci" line, a demi-couture brand developed by the fashion house in the 1960s. The designer's recent 'Mademoiselle Ricci" perfume is a tribute to this line, and the timeless elegance shown in pieces such as this classic gown. With the chocolate velvet boat-necked bodice and delicate lily-hued A-line skirt, it has all the genteel elegance associated with the early 1960s. This is the period when the huge skirts of the 1950s "new look" began to slim and draw closer to the body, and this dress follows that trend while still retaining the flattering hourglass silhouette of the pervious decade. Slight pleating around the waist adds fullness to the hips, while princess seams shape and slim the lower torso. The wide boat neck slims the shoulders and highlights the line of the neck. The matching cape completes the look of this gown, with its pleated hood, button closure, and crisp drape. With this gown there will be no desperate search for outerwear to match! The vintage charm of this beautiful gown is sure to make it a formal-wear favourite.
Designer: NINA RICCI.