1990s Valentino Trained Backless Ivory Silk Dress w Sequin & Bead Detail

Valentino knows how to cut a dress to perfectly flatter a woman's body. Few designers can come close to the masterful techniques he perfected over the decades of his prolific career. This is an exceptional example of his work and it is very beautiful and striking. It would also be a fabulous choice perhaps as a wedding dress for the bride not looking to be 100% traditional

The dress has that feeling of simplicity that the nineties epitomized and yet, still feels modern and fresh even now. The fine silk crepe that is is made out of is cut on the bias which allows it to drape and mold perfectly over the body, skimming over your curves for the most flattering of fits. The color in person is a touch more a true ivory then how it photoed and is very flattering on most skin tones. The bodice of the dress with one of his signature, high set and curved panels that wrap around the bust. This is suspended from one shoulder by tiny straps that wrap and tie at the back. The bodice has been beaded with gold tube beads into a pretty trailing leaf and flower design with silver sequins filling in the petals. Some of the petals are cut out for the teeniest glimpse of skin through them. From that spectacularly detailed bodice, the skirt drapes to the floor from under the bust in a column of bias cut silk. The skirt has two layers hat are both edged with the same beading that is on the bodice and this overlap balances the workmanship on the bodice. The back is trained and also edged with more beads and sequins. The back is cut very low so that you get an expanse of bare skin. It is just stunning on the body. Excellent condition

Fully lined in an ivory bias cut silk satin. It closes with a low back hidden set zipper. Hand finishes. Tagged a Valentino 12 but please check the actual measurements. It is cut on the bias so there is some give in size up or down. There is the occasional tiny pilling to the fabric which is normal for this fabric. Nothing that is outstanding or noticeable when on

Bust: the panel is 16" across from side seam to side seam but the back is open so that is just the area of front coverage
Waist: 14-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 60" from shoulder to front hem, 67" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3295

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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