This 'Victor Costa' 1980s strapless Avant Garde designer cocktail dress is at least 40 years young and in excellent condition.
The immaculate tailoring of a vintage garment like this both flatters the body and provides beautiful style. This unique piece will always look great with minimal effort.
Be bold, brave or subtle and this dress will always be a winning and coveted look. Tie in your favourite footwear and accessories and take this look to town!
Circa:1940 - 2000 Origin: Private Collection NZ Label/Brand: Victor Costa
Fabric: Cotton Condition: Excellent commensurate with age and love
Modern Size Indicator*: 6 - 8 Waist/Fit: Bust 38, Waist 32 cm, Hip 45cm (Laid flat) Vintage Size Indicator: 6 Fit: Tailored Fixture: Original
DESIGNER INFORMATION: American born (1935) designer Victor Costa, designs can be found at museums such as RISD and FIDM and Birmingham Museum of Art as well as high-end designer vintage resale sites. Born in 1935 and possessing a photographic memory, Costa once said, "Special occasion dresses have always been my hallmark." Costa became the in-house designer for Suzy Perette, a large New York label known for producing line-for-line copies of French haute couture. He designed some of the most beautiful and well constructed evening gowns of the 1980s under his own label. Fabrics used included fine silks, satins, and brocades. During his heyday, Costa’s client list was a "who’s who" of society and entertainment stars. His goal was to make all women feel beautiful.
NOTE: Sale Items/Damaged Items cannot be exchanged, refunded or returned.
Viva Magazine Image credit to: Fashion Director, Dan Ahwa Photographer Mara Sommer, Model Tia Harris and Photographers Assistant John Szeto
Our vintage items are rated as follows:
Excellent: Near-or new quality, with no noted flaws often in original packaging or, with original tags (deadstock)
Very Good:May have some minor issue, as noted
Good: Some minor flaws which may be repairable, or do not detract from the garment when worn
Rescue: Flaws as described which may or may not detract when worn in most cases possibility of repair
We estimate sizes as current or, 'modern' sizing rather than vintage sizing as eras do vary.
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