Spring 2015 Valentino Runway One Shoulder Coral Print Silk Chiffon Dress
From the Spring 2015 Runway collection, this Valentino dress is wonderful. Both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were designing for that house at the time and taking the atelier to new places. Vogue said of the collection that season, remarking specifically to the seaside themed dresses: "The collection was poetic, graceful, and beautiful. Chiuri and Piccioli touched on many of Italy's patrimonies, from its antiquities all the way down to its kitsch... the designers lavished special attention on the seaside, printing some gowns with starfish and snails, and embroidering others with shells, sailing ships, and underwater creatures like the Portuguese man-of-war....as always, it was the workmanship that astounded, be it extravagantly done, as the feather-embroidered numbers were, or more naively wrought, like those sea creatures. "In this moment when everything is synthetic, digital, and flat, you need something more human. To dream, you need to feel something, not just to see," said Piccioli."
The dress is stunning and made from a silk chiffon that is entirely cut on the bias so that it flows and moved beautifully over the body. The coral design, that is in keeping with the theme of that season, runs over the entire dress in a soft neutral palette that plays against the pale ivory cream silk. It is almost weightless and yet constructed so that it drapes on the body perfectly. The skirt falls to the floor in a sweep expanse of fabric. Two layers of chiffon are built in underneath the printed top layer so that it has a light floating effect when you move. The waist is cinched under the lightly draped bodice and the back is scooped low in an asymmetrical curve to leave most of the back bare. The open line is broken only by the silk covered elastic band that runs across the scoop to hold the dress in place. If you prefer it to be completely open you could easily remove this so you get more of the look of the editorial photo from Vogue that I have included. The front of the top is cut with a classical one shoulder design that leaves the other shoulder bare. It is very beautiful. Excellent condition
Fully lined in an ivory colored silk chiffon cut on the bias. The skirt is made up of three full layers of silk. It closes with a low back hidden set zipper. The strap that goes across the back is attached on one side and hooks to close on the other with a row of four hook & eye. The shoulder ties into place with long attached ties. Inner waist stay. Tagged a US8
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist and can be adjusted
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-3) Valentino S/S 2015, Look 68. Model: Irina Liss. / (2) Photo by Mario Testino, Vogue US, Feb 2015. / (3) S/S 2015 Valentino Ad. / (4-5) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. Cherie is wearing a Magnetic Midnight X Shrimpton Couture 'Stardust' Headpiece - available on the site here >
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.