Spring 2005 Etro Runway Black & White Printed Flowing Silk Chiffon Dress w Huge Sleeves
The twin of this dress was worn by Yasmin Warsame on the runway that season and you can see just how fabulous the dress moves. The key pieces from this collection, including this dress, were sold out or waitlisted around the globe despite their high price tags. Sarah Mower of Vogue said of the spring show: "In a season when India is inspiring so many collections, Etro—which uses a paisley print as its brand identity—is more entitled than most to roam the subcontinent. Sure enough, that's where the collection went, but via the seventies hippie route." This dress was mentioned specifically; "One of the standouts—which could make a lovely entrance at any party—was a long, flowing seventies-style dress with belled sleeves, detailed with pinwheel pleating in the Empire bodice."
This was Look 19 in the show and is truly fabulous. It is very flowing and beautiful and I would hazard to say that it is one of the stand out Etro pieces from any of their collections to date. It almost has the lines of an Ossie Clark and the print of a Zandra Rhodes. The top portion drapes over the bust and has a deep V at the front. The fabric has been gathered in and there is a topstitched pin tuck circle there that is quite wonderful and a unique detailing. Long attached ties sit on either some of the waist and they are long enough that you can leave them draped down the back or bring around to the front and wrap them around you. The skirt flows from under there in a pretty soft expanse of silk. There is a great deal of fabric in the skirt and this is what creates that wonderful movement as you move. At the back the dress closes with a tightly spaced row of silk covered buttons and loops. A tremendous amount of work and detailing. The sleeves are spectacular. each is cut extremely long so that once n they are caught up and the wrist the fabric over just drapes snapped flowers around the arm. The silk chiffon is a beautiful quality and light as a feather. Excellent condition.
The bodice and sleeves are unlined the skirt has an inner lining of an ivory silk. It closes At the back the dress closes with a tightly spaced row of silk covered buttons and loops. There is perhaps the slightest smudge under one arm near the seam but look to have been worn very little. Any yellow areas on the dress are lighting. In person the black part off the print is a true black and the white chiffon is white. The underskirt through the skirt has a touch of a cream color to it. Tagged a modern 44
Sleeves to the end of the actual cuff is 32" and then the extend from there. They do of course come up once on
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam and ties in with the ties
Inner hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to front hem, 46" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Yasmin Warsame for Etro Spring 2005, Look 19.
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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