Vintage 1970s Black Satin Dress Nina Ricci - Medium


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This is a wonderful designer vintage 1970s in a black liquid satin dress by Nina Ricci.  It has small padded shoulders, a large pointed collar and cuffs. It does up the back with a long metal zipper which is hand-sewn. The sleeves do up with a zipper near the cuffline and the cuffs do up with 3 snaps to hold them in place. The label reads Nina Ricci Boutique – Paris and Made in France. There is also the store label which reads Made in France for Holt Renfrew. Holt Renfrew is a high end Department store in Canada.

The dress is in very good condition, the hem has been taken by about ¾ of an inch. There are about five very small picks or snags (not sure what to call these) to the satin. One is below the waistline area, a couple on the back of the dress and a few more on the front. These are not very noticeable. There are also a few very light stains that you have to really look for in good lighting towards the bottom of the front of the dress.

Please rely on the following measurements for did not fit my mannequin well around the bust due to the position of my mannequin's arms.

Shoulders – 15"

Bust: 38"

Waist: 28"

Hips: 38:

Sleeves: 22"

Overall Length - 41"

Please note that there is no stretch to the dress so your own measurements should be smaller.

A very classic piece to add to your wardrobe from Nina Ricci


A little history about Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci was born Maria Nielli in Turin, Italy on January 14,1883. At age 12 her family moved to France. She started to work at the age of 13 as a dressmaker's apprentice. Her love of fashion grew throughout her teenage years and she became the head of the salon by the time she was 18 and at 22 she was also the chief designer. She married jeweler Luigi Ricci in 1904. In 1908 she joined the house of Raffin as a designer, she stayed with them for 20 years and she developed a partnership with Raffin. In 1932 she founded her own house.

The House of Ricci was founded with her son Robert Ricci, he oversaw the operations and she kept on designing. She would do her designing directly on the mannequin. She would work with the fabrics so she could ensure they would have the right shape upon completion. She was known for her elegant, refined, and romantic styles.

At the end of war in 1945, designers were looking for a way to get women back into their salons. Robert Ricci came up with a brilliant idea and Lucien Lelong, who was the President of the Chambre de Commerce put it into action. Mannequins from forty famous Paris couturiers, including Balenciaga and Madame Gres, were dressed in the labels' best fashions and were placed in an exhibition held at the Louvre, in Paris. After a huge success in Paris it toured Europe and then the USA.

In the early 1950s Nina Ricci almost 70 now, withdrew from her role as designer, but she still kept an eye on the house. In 1954, her son selected a new head designer the Belgian Jules-Francois Crahay. Maria Ricci died on November 30, 1970 at the age of 88.