Givenchy Autumn/Winter 1963 Copy by Gori
Remembered for his beautiful tailoring, this Givenchy design is a perfect example of why. Conceptualised for his Autumn/Winter 1963 haute couture collection, his design originally featured a little black dress of bouclé wool with a matching jacket, flatlined in ivory silk for extra warmth and lined with a luxurious champagne-coloured silk.
This example of the design is a licensed copy by Gori of Florence. Made from the same bouclé wool and flatlined in identical silk, I recognised it immediately as I have the original haute couture version made by Givenchy in my archive! Comparing the two, here are the similarities and differences between couture and copy:
Both are made from the exact same textiles, meaning the fabrics most likely came directly from the House of Givenchy, to be made up by Gori of Florence. Both jackets include the same remarkable cut, with a unique horizontal seam along the waist and an almost architectural scooped seam at the backline. The domed black buttons on both are circled with black crystals - adding a real touch of luxury.
Unlike the orignal suit, which was a dress and jacket, this licensed copy by Gori is made up of a skirt and jacket. As it was designed for the Autumn/Winter collection, Givenchy's original design was made up of three layers of fabric for extra warmth: a black wool outer, ivory silk flatlining and champagne silk lining. As the Gori version was created for a client in the warmer Italian climate, the champagne lining has been omitted, making the suit lighter and thinner in general.
Waist (Jacket): 99cm/39"
Bust (Jacket): 109cm/43"
Shoulder to Hem (Jacket): 53.5cm/21"
Waist (Skirt): 83cm/32.75"
Hips (Skirt): 99cm/39"
Waist to Hem (Skirt): 70cm/27.5"
The bouclé wool is still in great condition on both the skirt and jacket. As Givenchy originally intended the ivory silk to be used as a flatlining fabric, as opposed to a lining, it hasn't stood up to general wear and tear as well as other more suitable fabrics would have done. While still soft and luxurious in feel, it does display areas of pulling and scuffing (see photos). However, should you want to make this suit even more true to the original couture design, a silk lining could be added to cover the slightly worn silk, which still maintins all its sturctural integrity as a flatlining fabric. The buttons also display minor wear as a few of the crystals have been lost, but these are very easily replaced.
Please note: this listing is for the copy by Gori only. The Givenchy haute couture original is not available for purchase!
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