As splendid as it is luxurious, this never-worn and deadstock 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs of Chicago was originally sent to a Saks (as in Saks Fifth Avenue) sample sale. The basic form is a drop-waist formal dress with puffed sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and tea-length hem: quintessential mid-eighties. The real beauty is in the use of fabric: A soft velvet in a burgundy-wine color, expertly gathered down the front, at the drop waist, and best of all, at the sleeves. The visual effect makes a lasting impression, and it likely is compounded when worn and walked in. Click here for more sizing and views!