The color purple was discovered by prehistoric nomadic tribes but it was popularized by Byzantine royalty. The main component of the dye was gathered from the saliva of predatory sea snails found in the Mediterranean. Because of the labor intensive process the Tyrian dye was specially reserved for the imperial court. If you would like to learn more about the color purple click here, because I'm moving on to the dress!
The Lanvin dress below is a deep purple silk brocade with an amazing black floral lace pattern. The corseted top gives way to a three tiered full skirt concealing a few layers of tulle for added volume and drama. The hem is lined in black lace, adding a subtle feminine flare. A full décolletage is a wonderful thing, and the straps falling just off the shoulder provide the perfect canvas for sparkling work of art - perhaps by Bulgari?!
(The painting above is "La découverte de la pourpre" or "The Discovery of Purple" by Peter Paul Rubens)
Lanvin purple silk brocade dress with black lace trim and full tulle skirt, c.80's. Marked size 38, Modern size 4. SOLD
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