1980s Valentino Gray Herringbone Wool Dress

World renown designer, Valentino, was born Valentino Garavani in Voghera, Italy in 1932. He became interested in fashion very early on...in fact, while he was still in primary school! After studying at the Accademia Dell'Arte in Milan he left Italy for Paris and became a student at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He spent the next ten years in Paris perfecting his designs of dresses. In the late 1950's he returned to his native Italy and, subsequently, opened a couture house in Rome in 1959. Although he had his first collection shown in 1960, it was not until his 1962 collection which was shown in Florence that he became known internationally. In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy became a client and later he designed the dress she wore when she married Aristotle Onassis. Elizabeth Taylor, also wore a Valentino design for her eighth marriage! Valentino's designs often are known to be glamorous, graceful and dramatic. The initial "V" is incorporated into many of his designs and he is known for using quality fabrics....even for his ready-to-wear lines which were and are sold in exclusive stores. Valentino was noted for his special shade of red which has become known to many as "Valentino Red"! Valentino retired in January, 2008. The clothes that are sold today under his label are now designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Offered here, is a vintage 1980's fine quality wool dress which has many of the trademark elements of Valentino's design work. The wool is very soft and supple. A darker gray herringbone is used to accent the lighter shade of the same herringbone wool which makes for a pleasant contrast. There are four buttons on the front of the dress which serve to give a double-breasted look and the generous cuffs each have three buttons....all buttonholes are nicely finished. There are two pockets (one on each side of the dress which are cut slightly on a slant for an interesting effect. The dress is essentially a sheath style dress, but does have a waistband which does have a slight gather at the waistline and the bodice is a little blousy. The sleeves are long and have a little bit of poof at the very top of the shoulder and each sleeve has a nice detail seam which extends from the shoulder to the cuff. The dress is fully lined with a matching deep gray lining....even the sleeves are fully lined right to the cuff. And, of course, last but not least, this garment does incorporate the famous trademark "V" at the neckline! No collar....just a "V" made from the darker gray herringbone wool! Simple, understated elegance!

P. S. Check out the websites for Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's and Bergdorf Goodman's for current prices of Valentino fashions and you will truly appreciate the value of vintage!

Condition: Very Good

This dress did originally have a belt, evidenced by the existing loops....but, unfortunately, it no longer does. A plain black leather belt would be a great substitute for the original. Otherwise, I did not detect any further issues.

Label: Valentino Boutique, Made in Italy, Fabrique En Italia

Size: 6 (This dress looks like it leans more toward Size 8)


Bust: 38"

Waist: 28"

Hip: 36"

Sleeve Length: 23"

Circumference of Cuff Opening: 10"

Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"

Length of Bodice to Waistband: 16 ½"

Waist to Bottom Hemline: 24 ¼"

Circumference of Bottom of Dress: 38"

This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America(CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).

Item ID: 213

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gray, Size: 6/8

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