Sizzling Roxy Girl early 1980s Sarah Whitworth vintage Hyper Hyper textured fitted wiggle dress


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Vintage from the 1980s

Without a doubt, one of the finest Sarah Whitworth pieces I've ever seen. If you're not aware of Sarah before now, her period-inspired corset dresses were sold from Hyper Hyper in Kensington, and her shop was called 'Deadlier Than The Male' (a name reflected in her spidery label). This is an incredibly early piece, as you can see from the printed label, and from before she really settled to the corset pieces. It reminds me much more of the work of Antony Price, with that more classic Thirties/Forties style super glamour, and is a far less structured piece than usual for her (there is no boning, lacing and no real lining to speak of). The fabric is incredibly unusual, and possibly unique (she experimented a lot with unique textile effects early on as well) - with a crinkled texture, held in place with a fine mesh or netting backing to it. It has an almost snakeskin-like effect. I love the cut of the bust and the neckline, giving that vampy look - with a slightly raised collar effect. I've never seen another one like it!


Bust 36" - Waist 29" - Hips 37" - Length 51"


Synthetic with a silky, shiny texture, permanently set into a 'crinkled' texture and backed with a fine mesh


A couple of faint marks, as shown. There are a few frays to the mesh which lines the fabric but this isn't visible externally. This is a very unusually made piece so should be handled with some care, but is completely wearable. Sold as vintage.

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