Fall 2003 Runway Galliano for Christian Dior Silk Top & Skirt
The set from the fall 2003 collection is gorgeous. This print was done in both look 21 and 22 and I from the photos I believe it to be look 22. It is done in a bright print of green with vivid pops of color. There is and nod to the East in the design elements of the pattern that covers the silk that is quite beautiful. The two piece set consists of a top that can be worn as a top or layered as a light jacket and a long skirt that has a beautiful cut bias cut and draped detailing. The top/jacket is cut to be worn loose over a tank or even just a bra and is semi-transparent. The sleeves are cut with a long and skinny feel and each has a tie that runs up its center to ruche and gather it. The front has this same gathered effect that allows you to adjust how it falls and closes with matching silk fabric covered buttons at the center chest, set so it plunges down the front. You can also leave these open and simply tie it at the base of the fabric ties that run down the front. The skirt flows to the floor with a silk satin portion that sits around the hip. Once past the hip this changes to gathered draped panels of silk chiffon that open the skirt to add an interesting volume and movement that gives a nod to the bustle. It is absolutely beautiful and unusual. Excellent condition
Sarah Mower said of the collection for her Vogue review; "Only one man on earth could possibly whip up a collection of fetish queens in Kabuki face paint, going crazy in multicolor Asian-slash-eighteenth-century clothes. Hello, John Galliano! Up to his canny method madness at Christian Dior yet again.“It was hard-core romance! Sex robots!” was the sound bite Galliano delivered backstage to describe his ready-to-wear version of the conceptual mayhem he wreaked at Dior’s couture collection in January. Back then he’d just come back from a trip to China and Japan, scandalizing many critics with the extra-outsize scale of his box-shaped, 3-D cutting experiments and mind-blowing kaleidoscope of East-West references."
The top is unlined, semi-transparent and closes with four tightly spaces, silk covered buttons at the center chest. Ruching runs through each arm and the front of the top and this can be adjusted for different effects. The skirt slips on with elastic set through the waist and is unlined. Only the skirt is labeled
Shoulders: approx. 14"
Bust: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from shoulder to hem
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-3) Christian Dior F/W 2003 Look 21 (Model: Alyssa Sutherland) & 22 (Model: Monica) / (4) Nordstrom ad, Fall 2003
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.