bottega veneta

Fall 2007 Bottega Veneta by Tomas Maier Strapless Gold Metallic Dress w Puffed Skirt

During interviews that season, Tomas Maier was quoted as saying 'clothes are a means of expression, not an end in themselves' ... he had in his sites 'a woman who, like to look like a woman, curvaceous, individualistic and beautifully grown up.' The Vogue review stated that "it was there from the start today, in the quiet, but impactful glamour that picked up on a vaguely 40 silhouette, via a built out shoulder, folded into cap sleeve, the drew attention to a narrow, sometimes corseted toward torso, which then flared outward to the skirt.… Overall the achievement was that bottega's ultra looks ready to wear is seemingly less and less like a background for its founding leather goods." The twin of the dress was worn on the runway as Look 38 and we've included reference photos and video so you can see how fantastic this is once on the body and moving. It is a spectacular example of his work.

This is one of those lovely little dresses that is unusual enough in its cut that it will stand the test of time because you're not quite sure what era it might be from. It is made out of silk fabric in a more neutral linen feeling colour that is then heavily shot through with gold metallic thread. This gives it a subtle glimmer and glint but the neutral undertone keeps it a more shimmery colour. The colour is even better in person than how it photoed. It is suspended from the shoulder from two little straps and then is gathered over the bust in a series of vertical pleats. Inside the bodice there is a full built-in cupped corset to hold the dress in place and keep it secure on the body. The pleats that sit over the bust open up into a short mini skirt that is cut to flare out with some volume. At the hem it curves under to create that puffed effect that you see. The volume that this creates and the short length of the dress really exaggerates the length leg of your legs underneath. The sides open up slightly to feel more generous as it wraps around to the back. At the back there is a half bow that runs across the full length of the upper back. Below that you have a looped panel of fabric that falls to the hem and this also adds to the volume the dress has at the back. It is just a fantastic little dress and an important piece of Veneta history. Excellent condition 

Fully lined in an ivory silk with a full built in wired cupped corset inside. It closes at the side with a series of hooks to the waist and then Tagged a 42

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam wit and A-B cup
Inner waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner bodice: 15" from top of shoulder to inner corset waist
Total Length: " from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4522

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2007 Bottega Veneta, Look 38. Model Lindsay Ellingson.

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