Ad Campaign Fall 2005 Versace by Donatella Versace Runway Silk Chiffon Backless Halter Dress
This was the collection where Donatella went back to using and styling her models to look like super models like her brother Gianni had done in the past. Vogue said that; 'The aura of glamour that sparked off the flying hair and luminous faces of Carmen Kass, Daria Werbowy, Eugenia Volodina, and Karen Elson was a strong reminder of what once made Versace electrifying.' The collection focused mainly on daywear but a very Versace notion of that. This was Look 25 in the line up and was the strongest piece of the shorter dresses presented. Its twin ended up being the one used for the ad campaign that season and was shot on Demi Moore who looked utterly fabulous in it. I am very happy to have that shot, runway photos and a video so you can see how amazing this dress is once on the body. It is gorgeous.
The dress is made out of a printed silk chiffon that combines numerous abstract versions of various exotic skins. These are laid out in a pattern that mixes and matches them all and this effect is heightened even further by the detailing work that is done on the skirt. The dress is cut to highlight every curve. The bodice is a single layer of the silk chiffon. To keep it in place you slip your arms through the sleeves and then simply tie it around the neck. The front is gathered into two halters that run from the high set waist to the attached scarf at the neck and there's a slit that runs down the center to leave a sexy glimpse of bare skin. The sleeves are long and simple, narrowing down slightly as they reach the wrist. The back is left bare across the top and that long scarf falls from the neck to cascade over it for a bit of a peekaboo effect that is very sexy. The skirt starts from under the bust and is fitted through the waist. Inside there's a bit of a stiffened net corset to help shape and hold it in place. It is fitted over the hips and narrows down as it reaches the hem. An small open vent runs up the back to allow you to walk. The skirt is quite remarkable with the long strips of fabric sewn and overlapped horizontally around it. When you look at it close up you realize it that it's all individual strips and it is quite remarkable. It is stunning and so Versace in feel. Excellent condition
The halter part is unlined and the skirt is lined in a black silk chiffon. There is a stiffened net partial corset that runs around the interior waist for shape. It closes with a hidden set side zipper and ties into place around the neck. No size tag present. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Sleeves: approx 25"
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam with room for an A-C cup at front, maybe a touch more if needed
Seam under the bust: 15-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from neck to seam under the bust
Skirt: 29" from seam under the bust to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Fall 2005 Versace Runway, Look 25. Model: Hana Soukupova. / (5) Demi Moore for the Fall 2005 Versace Ad Campaign photographed by Mario Testino.
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