Spring 2001 Valentino Re-Edit of the Famous 1969 Haute Couture Printed Silk Dragon Dress
If there is a dress more instantly recognizable and famous then the Valentino dragon dress I am not sure what dress that might be. It is a star even among the many outstanding dresses that Valentino has created over the years. The Haute Couture version was first created to great fanfare in 1969 and we have included some of the many reference photos that can be found for that original version. Then for the spring of 2001, the Valentino atelier released a limited edition collection of re-edited copy of the dress. This is one of those dresses and my couture client purchased it directly from Valentino. This is a rare chance to own an official Valentino version of one of the most iconic dresses ever produced.
This version of the famous dragon dress follows the lines of the original couture one perfectly. The only difference is that this one is of ready to wear finishings rather then made to the Haute Couture level that the original would have been made to. At first glance you immediately think of the 1969 version and it is such a special piece. The description of the dress where it is documented in the book on Valentino's work sums it up perfectly; 'Printed tunic dress with a yellow, green and red oriental dragon against a very dark background; it features a seamed bust line, a stopped neckline, long sleeves and a deep slit along the left hip.' The dress is made out of a silk that has a satin like finish to it with that wonderful dragon printed on its surface. The dragon curls around the body on both the front and the back of the skirt and across the back and bust. Even the sleeves have part of the design on them. The neck is scooped and the sleeves each end in a wonderful flare out by the time they reach their ends. A curved horizontal seam gives a touch of definition just under the bust and then the skirt flows to the floor in a widening line. The choice of fabric is perfect as it is just heavy enough to keep the shape that you see so that you get the full view of the dragon design from any angle once it is on. The slit on the one side is very high and shows a ton of leg when you move, balancing out the coverage everywhere else. It is incredible. Excellent condition
The dress is unlined and closes with a hidden set side zipper and a hook & eye at the back of the neck. It has no tags but was purchased direct by my couture client. Proper interior tag and tagged a size 42. The cut is small through the upper bodice and arms hence the XS-SML size designation I have given it
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to hem
Slit: 33" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Vogue, December 1968. / (2-3) Valentino dresses, 1969. / (4-5) The re-issued Spring 2001 dress and credit from the book "A Grand Italian Epic: Valentino Garavani" by Taschen. / (6) Heidi Klum Valentino at the 2018 From Paris With Love Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala. / (7) Ruth Negga in Valentino, New York, 2018.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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