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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1981 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Krizia (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk crêpe

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Krizia

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition space, case PL3

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Mariuccia Mandelli's design house Krizia is named after Plato's discourse on the vanity of women. Krizia collections are renowned for their eclecticism, but also their distinctive, clever and light-hearted designs and this winged pleated dress is highly representative of the originality of the label.

Krizia's penchant for pleating started with an accordion-pleated raincoat in the Autumn/Winter 1978-79 collection, long before pleating triumphed on the national and international catwalks. This was followed by experimentation with technique and with the properties of materials - the label played with different types of horizontal, knife and spiral pleating; lacquered linen gazar pleating, silk organza pleating and, from 1987-88, Fortuny style pleating. Every now and again the pleats reappear in Krizia designs, renewed and recreated.

Over fifty collections a year are created for the various Krizia labels, including menswear, childrenswear, knitwear, glasses, handbags, ties, perfumes, kitchen furniture and much more. There have been a number of different designers in charge of design but as of 2007 Mariuccia Mandelli still very much a hands-on designer at her house.

Physical description

Long-sleeved pleated black silk crêpe dress with a wrapover bodice. This garment has a sewn in slip underneath it and the skirts have a culotte effect, overlaid with a layer of pleated fabric that falls to a point. The dress has a zip fastening and the cuffs are fastened with buttons.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1981 (made)


Krizia (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk crêpe


Length: 107 cm, Circumference: 75 cm waist

Descriptive line

Pleated black silk crêpe, Krizia, 1981, Italy.


Silk crepe


Clothing; Fashion

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