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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.
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.
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Length: 107 cm, Circumference: 75 cm waist
Pleated black silk crêpe, Krizia, 1981, Italy.