There is a scene in Boccacio 70 directed by the great Fellini, Visconti and Vittorio De Sica - if you have not seen De Sica as an actor in It Started in Naples, it is a must to rent on Netflix. He is brilliantly funny - where Sofia Loren who is working at an amusement stand, takes off her simple dress much to the delight of the men in the amusement park. Sophia Loren just looked incredible whether she was out of a dress, in Dior or even in a house dress.
When we think of Italian fashion, pre Miuccia Prada intellectual ready-to-wear, it is femininity and sex that comes to mind. Whether it is the merry widows of Dolce e Gabbana so brilliantly done in the late 1980s and early 1990s or the curvaceous satin clad beauties of the Sorelle Fontana, Italian women enjoy looking good and dressing for men.
This 1980s Curiel couture dress is for a modern day Goddess Flora with its embellished vine winding its way up the body of the dress. It is also fine example of Italian dressmaking in the best materials. It is also very appealing and there is nothing wrong with that as any woman with a little bit of Sophia Loren in them knows!
1980s Curiel Couture fine lace and silk embroidered and sequined ' creeping vine' gown. Size 4/6.