Jacqueline de Ribes little black dress, 1980s
The elegant Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, who had worn haute couture clothing all her life, in 1983 was voted the "Most Stylish Women in the World" by Town and Country Magazine. The same year she showed her first collection in Paris and New York. Her designs were very well received for their discrete good taste. She retired 1994.
The dress is an elegant understatement of black-on-black textured design. The black velvet bodice frames a center-front panel of black beads and sequins on black silk. The skirt is of textured black silk/wool.
With an urbane black-on-black design, the stylish and ladylike dress sparkles just enough to stand out without being too showy; yet it intimates the seductive sophistication of the evening.
Completely lined with black China silk, the dress closes on a side-back seam with a nylon coil zipper. I love the stand-out hip pockets on the skirt.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 38"-40" bust, 34" waist, 42" hip, about 19" from shoulder to hip line, and 37" from shoulder to hem.