Look 42 S/S 2004 Chloe By Phoebe Philo Black Runway Dress
Phoebe Philo had moved to Paris just prior to the Spring 2004 collection and this effect on her work was noted in the Vogue review of this collection: 'Now that she's moved to Paris, the London girl's references have acquired a French accent. "I went through my mum's old fashion magazines—she had a garageful, from when my parents were living in Paris in the late seventies. That's when I was born," she said, "and I just thought the girls looked so gorgeous, fresh, and happy."' Another Magazine also did an editorial on Phoebe in 2016 and stated: 'Spring/Summer 2004 marked the height of Philo’s influence and lusted-after originality....The collection as a whole signified a new direction for Philo – a move away from looks infused with urban sportswear to grown-up femininity....There’s no doubt that S/S04 signified the beginning of Chloé’s (and Philo’s) reign over the wardrobes and department stores of the world.'
The twin of this dress was Look 42 on the runway, worn by Daria Werbowy. It is made from a slinky, black nylon that was all the rage during this time period. The bodice is suspended by two tiny straps that come out from the center front and angle up and over each shoulder. It has a full built in interior corset bra with built in cups and hooks at the back that become the closure of the dress. Note that it was a little bit small on my mannequin and does close completely at the back and does not angle down onto a V at the back as shown in the photos. Phoebe was heavily influence by vintage during this time period and you can see that in the embroidered lattice detailing that runs under the bust and highlights the waist. That detailing at the waist also allows you to wear it higher up so the bodice closes over or long and more straight as seen on Daria for the runway. Each side of the skirt is slit to the bottom of the elastic banding. It is gorgeous and a significant piece of history for the Chloe brand. Excellent condition
Unlined through the body with a lined and structured built in corset bra. Hooks to close at the bag. Tagged a XS and appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Underbust of interior corset: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 49" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS
Reference Photos: S/S 2004 Chloe Runway, Look 42. Model: Daria Werbowy.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.