This documented hot pink maxi skirt & matching vest by Louis Feraud takes you right back to hot summer nights on the French Riviera in the 1970's, where Feraud got his start as a young designer who attracted a name-dropping clientele including Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Danielle Mitterrand, Brigitte Bardot, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Vibrant hot pink background with scattered mint green polka dots and large & smaller pinwheel flowers in navy blue, mint green and coral with an asymmetrical wave design in coral and purple along the lower left of the skirt. The v-neck cropped vest has princess seams, six covered buttons and hand-finished hems on lapel and arm holes. The skirt has an 8" handset metal zipper on the left side and falls in a generous A-line. It's a very lightweight silky jersey with some stretch to it which allows it to hug the body in all the right places. The set is unlined and unlabeled, but the skirt is marked Louis Feraud throughout. My research led me to quite a few dresses from this period that are highly collectible, but not to another skirt & vest set. It may have originally been a dress that was altered to it's current state, it's hard to say. The reference video from his collection shown in Paris, France in July, 1972 shows some very similar designs, one especially so with the over sized flower print on the skirt. What makes this set unique is the option to pair it with a fitted long-sleeved top for a completely different look - I added the vintage Emilio Pucci black turtleneck (not included with this ensemble but is available for purchase separately) and love how it looks with it. It would also pair beautifully with a long sleeve body suit. It's a fun, whimsical example of Feraud's work at this time in his career and of the carefree fashion vibe of the early 70's.
Overall the set is in excellent condition. There are some blue speckled marks on the front on the mint green flowers on the lower left of the skirt (see photo above) but really only visible up close and will be somewhat camouflaged with fullness of skirt. I tried multiple processes to remove them but was not successful other than to get them to fade a bit. I took the issue into consideration when pricing this set; some dresses from the same period are currently selling online at more than double my price and far higher, so this is a great steal if your collection is wanting for some fabulous french designer vintage.
Measurements: Will accommodate a bit higher due to stretch in fabric.
Vest: Bust 34" / Waist 28" / Back 14" across / Length: 17"
Skirt: Waist: 28" / Hips 40" / Length 39" (+ 1.75" hem that could be let down if needed)