Spring 1996 Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre Black Ruffled Flounce Hem Dress
This dress is from the Spring 1996 collection as worn by Shalom Harlow for the runway show. It was actually the closing look of the show. Shalom also wore one for its appearance in Vogue Magazine. If that provenance was not enough, I lent this exact dress to stylist Penney Lovell who fitted it for Emily Deschanel's appearance at the 91st Academy Awards this year. Emily walked the red carpet in the dress. It is am amazing piece of fashion history and the dress is stunning.
The dress is a beautiful example of Ferre's work during his time as Creative Director for Dior. It was the highlight of the show for that season and was chosen to close the presentation. The dress is fitted through the bodice with a neckline that curves down in a slight scoop. This version as little straps that the dress is suspended from but if you prefer the strapless look of the runway you could easily tuck them in or remove them as the neckline is cut the same as the runway dress. There is now waist seam to break the line of the dress. All of the foundation work to hold the dress in place is done and hidden inside. On the exterior the dress curves down front he neckline in an unbroken line, curving in at the waist and then curving out and over the hips. Pockets sit on each hip and each is still tacked shut. The skirts flare out dramatically with a bit of a Spanish Flamenco feel and there is an elaborate set of built in underskirts to help achieve the flare and volume you see. These are made with a netted silk with lace finished edges and there are layers of the ruffles attached at the end of the inner hems. The skirt is cut shorter at the front and then flares out dramatically at the back. Emily is quite tall so on her the skirts lifted off of the ground but in a girl who is not quite as tall you would get a more trained effect. Note that the back of the dress curves around with a slight drop. On the shot of Emily from the back you can see that it is finished with a more V cut, this was a temp alter where the back was folded over and tacked as it suited Emily better that way. It was un-tacked and re-cleaned since the Oscar's and there is no evidence that it was ever down any longer other then the photo. Excellent condition
Bust: 15.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 12.75" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 50" from top of bodice to front hem, 60" to the longest point of the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1-4) Emily Deschanel at the 91st Academy Awards, Styled by Penny Lovell / (5) Shalom Harlow for Vogue, 1996 / (6) Dior SS 1996 Runway (7) Christian Dior Runway video, The Fashion Channel
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.