Face-off little black dress

This dress by Patrick Steel embodies a sense of fun, and recalls a surrealist influence with its novel but refined appliqué of a lady's face in profile, the suggestion of a bob haircut and a red nose. The shoulder-padded princess sleeves and figure hugging silhouette is typical of the mid-80s. The 100% wool ponte knit textile and split in the centre back allows for comfort and movement, making it the perfect party dress! 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Di Ludwig
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Patrick Steel
Garment type: Cocktail dress
Material: 100% wool ponte knit
Features: puffed sleeves, slim silhouette, face appliqué
Colour: Black, beige, red
Label: Patrick Steel
Date: 1980s