1997 Valentino Dusky Pink Beaded Net & Applique Dress
Valentino pieces are always stunning and I love how the recent resurgence of the house really stays true to Mr. Valentino's original vision that you can see so clearly in pieces like this. This is a stunning piece and could easily be a piece form the recent Valentino runway - many of the pieces have this same feel and attention to detail with the fabric choices as this one does. You can clearly see the influence of the nineties in this piece with its nod to sportswear in that racerback halter. This gives it a sexy little sports touch while still keep the dress at a high glamour level. The most striking thing about the dress is its elaborate silk netting exterior, dyed a soft dusky pink with hand applique detailing of lace and hand beading. The netting has been treated so it has an almost starched feel but without being so stiff it does not move - it has just enough so that it holds the shape it is meant to be. The applique and beads follow the lines of the dress like a vine trailing over the surface from top to bottom. All of the bead work is done by hand and because the colors of the beads are meant to match it just adds a depth and level of texture rather then being flashy. On the inside it is immaculately constructed with a cup built in at for the breasts so no undergarment is needed and it is finished with two layers of fine, light pink silk chiffon inside. It is almost weightless and stunningly beautiful - a real work of art. Exactly what one would expect from Valentino. Excellent condition.
Closes with a hidden, hand set, side painted zipper. Fully lined using two feather light layers of pink silk chiffon. A built in cup sits inside the bodice for coverage. The exterior is made of two layers of hand dyed netting that is connected by the beading, applique work and seaming. All the beads are hand applied and this can clearly be seen on the reverse side.
Bust: 17" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top middle of the shoulders to the bottom of the hem
Approximate Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: F/W 1997-98 Valentino Runway.
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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