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1980s black matte jersey shirred waist little black dress by New York designer Eric Gaskins, a gorgeous body conscious silhouette with power shoulder pads and a short skirt.

Gaskins closed his design house recently, but in the 80s and early 90s the upper east side was a sea of little black Gaskin dresses and evening wear, all purchased from his retail home base Bergdorf Goodman. There's a great article about the closing of the house by Eric Wilson in the Times that sheds light on his career--and his sharp tongued blog "The Emperors Old Clothes."

This dress, with cap sleeves and a zipper up the back, is the picture of the 80s power dress, and the neckline detailing (and sleeve details) made of hand sewn ribbon rosettes, gives it an evening glamour.

Label: Eric Gaskins (and separate tag for Bergdorf Goodman on the Plaza New York
Size: labeled size 8
Fabric: no content label but it's a stretch matte jersey

Measurements: check your measurements against mine for a perfect fit. Keep in mind that the waist is shirred and the measurement for the actual length will seem longer than it should because the waist hangs low but when wearing it you would have it bunched up. Does that make sense?

31"-32" bust
36"-37" max hips
15" shoulder width (measured on back, seam to seam)
41" overall length

Zips in back
2 hidden pockets at hip

Condition: excellent vintage condition. I just had it dry cleaned so it's ready to go. No stains, rips, or marks. It's in excellent condition.

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80s Little Black Dress by Eric Gaskins - size 4/6 cocktail Grecian style - shirred waist - cap sleeves - day to evening chic

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  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: matte jersey, zipper
  • Only ships to United States from Belgium.
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