Important Fall 2003 Gucci by Tom Ford Runway Look 10 Stretch Silk Dress w Black Corset Waist Cincher Belt

This is without a doubt one of the most recognizable of pieces ever created during Tom Ford's tenure at Gucci. It's twin was Look 10 on the runway and we have included runway photos and video for you to see how beautifully this moves once on the body. In Vogue's review of the show they said that "This season every major designer is talking about creating a "beauty" strong enough to defy our anxious times. Backstage that was the word Tom Ford used to characterize his Fall collection for Gucci—a collection in which beauty was personified as a power vixen extravagantly armoured to face down a troubled world" The evening pieces were mentioned specifically "For evening, there were gowns constructed with cutout zones of sparkling mesh and frilled bra tops; others snaked to the floor, held in place with complex asymmetric straps crossing the torso and shoulders. If Ford is treading the territory mapped out by Thierry Mugler and Azzedine Alaïa in the ’80s, it’s no surprise. Much of fashion is heading in that direction >anyway, and Ford, after all, bases Gucci’s entire brand proposition on finding new ways of upping the ante on sex season after season." This is a dress from one of the most incredible eras of Gucci.

I love that this dress is the twin of the colour chosen to walk the runway and that it has it's corset belt that was sold separately. Usually when I see one of these for sale they do not have the matching corset or they are in the black colour that was sold and produced for the shops. From my understanding, this colour was only sold in some of the Gucci shops and was produced in lower quantities, making it more rare and special. The dress itself is stunning and this one is pristine. It is made out of a silk blend that allows the silk to stretch and give. The fabric is as light as air and that incredible stretch allows it to conform to your every curve and helps to create curves. The neckline is meant to sit lower on the chest and it sits wide across the front. You can see that on the runway. The sleeves are long and simple so that the seaming detail on the dress can stand out. The silk is gathered up and over the edge of the neckline in soft folds and then below that is the incredible seaming that shapes the dress around the body. The seam work that he did for his time at Gucci was an integral part of his design philosophy The seaming acted like embellishments, shaping the pieces and giving them added detailing. The waist is seamed and it curves down and over the hips with insets there to hold and emphasize the shape. The skirt falls under that, following the curve of the body with just a slight flare out at the back hem. At the back the seaming curves around from that waist area and curves underneath your bottom. The silk is gathered in along those curved seams to create ruching and there is a panel built inside where they meet just above the hem to give added structure and support. It is incredible. The corset goes over top of that and it is made out of a thick stretch fabric that has an almost neoprene feel to it. It velcro's into place at the front and then straps wrap around you and buckle into place to cinch you in. This is a true stand out piece from Tom Ford's reign at Gucci and it is also incredibly sexy. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes at the back with a hidden set zipper. The belt has Velcro at the front and then buckles to close over that. Both pieces appear to have been worn very little if at all. The dress has its inner fabric tag with the Gucci name on it only. The belt is tagged a size 40. The fabric does have stretch and the measurements below are the comfortable range laying flat.

Sleeves: approx 28" and is 12-15" around the upper arm
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 15-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 40" from top of shoulder to front hem, 43" to the back hem

Corset Belt
6" high at its skinniest point and 9 inches at its widest
approx 26-3-" end to end 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4728

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Fall 2003 Gucci, Look 10. Model Mariacarla Boscono.  /  (4) Yasmine Warsame in Gucci for Amica Magazine, October 2003.

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