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Vintage Richard Tyler Couture Portrait Neckline Satin Gown

Vintage Richard Tyler Couture Portrait Neckline Satin Gown

Regular price $880.00 USD
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Made in the 90s, this Richard Tyler Couture gown is a truly one-of-a-kind marvel, custom made for one of the designer's clients. Through the 90s, Richard Tyler was known for his womenswear line, focusing on couture-quality eveningwear. Some of Carrie Bradshaw's most iconic looks on Sex and the City were by Richard Tyler. Diane Keaton probably said it best: “He cuts a suit and literally transforms your body.” The bodice of this dress is certainly transformative— it features an incredibly unique halter portrait collar. The boning in the bodice creates a corset effect, and I am absolutely obsessed with the way it's shaped at the chest. There are hidden padded cups sewn in, serving as a balconette to really lift your chest— think of the corsets and empire-waist silhouettes worn on Bridgerton/in the Regency era— SO flattering! The portrait neckline is a force in and of itself, with hidden horsehair sustaining its exaggerated shape; along with the structured fabric, it holds its shape whether worn totally off the shoulder or a bit higher— a variety of positions are possible! The dress's skirt has a slit up the back, with a panel underneath, which creates an A-line shape. The panel peeks out just slightly longer than the hem, creating this really elegant peacock train shape.  No fabric label is present, as it was custom made, but it is 100% silk.

Measurements: This will best fit a size Medium but please refer to below measurements and notes to be sure. Shown pinned on a size X-Small to simulate proper fit.

Chest: Sizing at chest is flexible, due to the open back. Keep in mind the boned corset interior is designed to hold you in. Laid flat, the front chest measures 15.75" (this measurement is NOT doubled)

Waist: up to 31" (see below)

Hips: up to 39"

Length: 52.75" down center front to front hem; back panel is about 2.25" longer

NOTE: I believe panels (which are not original to the dress) were added at a later point to the bodice to make it larger. You have an option to remove the panels (which would be a VERY clean alteration) and would take the waist in about 1.5"  and bring the dress back to it's original form.

Great vintage condition, with minor signs of wear commensurate with age. With any questions about the specific condition or size, please email for additional photos or measurements, as all sales are final.

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