Spring 2007 John Galliano for Christian Dior Pale Blue Silk Voluminous Dress
John Galliano was moved from Givenchy to Christian Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. The collection from about 2000 to 2011 are covered in full and I was able to spot the runway version of this dress in look 49 from Spring 2007. Women's Wear Daily said of the collection; "His spring message was concise: a smart, discreet suit for day and a beautifully draped dress for night." The collection is also noted as being highly successful at a retail level that season.
The dress is made from a feather light silk that has been dyed to the palest icy blue. The fabric and the way it is cut and draped allows it to hug the bust and then it balloons out in that massive volume that you get just a bit of a feel for on the dress form. On an actual body, once you start to move, the dress really billows and moves around you. The lightness and masterful draping of the fabric comes into play to give it the incredible, voluminous draping that you see. The dress is cut to fit and mold around the bust area on the interiors even though it appears from the outside to be simply draped over you. In reality there is a built in inner structure that hooks to close along the back inside and firmly keeps the dress and that extra low plunge in place. Over the bust area the fabric is pleated and hand placed draped. These eventually expands out into the skirt. The skirt has yards and yards of fabric in it and I love how it is draped around the sides for shape and volume. Once it is on, the innermost part of the skirt falls to the floor and just beyond, and it feels like it is a more true fitted skirt. It is hard to describe but once it is on, it just all falls into place perfectly and is unlike any other dress. It is really extraordinary and very beautiful. Excellent condition with a minor note below
The dress is unlined with a built in inner bodice that hooks to close with a series of lingerie hooks at the back. A panel of fabric snaps over this to hide the hooks and make it appear that there is no seam at the back once it is on. I see one tiny watermark and a small repair to the skirt. These are lost in the folds of the skirt and only seen if you lay it out flat and look for them. You might be able to get another inch or so out of the bust if you did not do up the inner hooks
Bust: 14-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 65" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photo: Spring 2007 Dior, Look 49. Model Kamila W.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.