Wednesday, November 10, 2010


PVN? Piccolo Vestito Nero.  The Italian equivalent to the LBD.  What is different about the PVN, especially the PVN from the 1960s is the va, va voom factor.  The LBD Italian style is more Sophia Loren then Audrey Hepburn.  It hugs curves and wants to emphasise the bosom and the behind.  It wants you to be glamorous and sexy.  It wants you to have a good time and if you end up in the Trevi fountain like Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita we won't stop you.

The other thing I love about the PVN from the 1960s is how beautifully they are made.  The craft of Italian couture is in all of its glory in this cocktail dress in black silk velvet by G. Baruffaldi of Milano.  Chi?  (Who?) That is even what Italians would say about G. Baruffaldi.    But in Italy there is a tradition of a 'sartoria' dress which is really a couture dress.  It is weighted at the hem so it fits perfectly and is covered in beading done by hand.  There is a black silk lining and the dress zips in the back.

1960s Italian black velvet and beaded cocktail dress.  Size 6.


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