Monday, November 10, 2008

The Lover

Marguerite Duras' autoboigraphical novel The Lover is a favorite book of RARE vintage. The 1992 film, L'Amant, is also a favorite film of RARE vintage.

When we found this late 1970s silk chiffon intricately embroidered runway sample top by Chanel haute couture we thought about a young French girl on the Mekong River wearing an old thin silk dress and a man's fedora. She may not have been wearing a Chanel runway sample but we like to imagine this top as part of a memory, a clandestine romance of passion and of desire.

The intricately beaded top on a fine thin chiffon is wonderfully intact - it is fragile but in pristine condition. The closer you look at the fine handwork, the more you see: delicate butterflys and tiny beads of the palest pink worked into the embroidery. The collar and cuffs are densely embroidered.

Late 1970s unlabeled Chanel haute couture finely beaded top. Size 4.

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