c2009 Black Silk Alexander McQueen Plunge Dress
When I go over an Alexander McQueen dress the thing I always marvel at is how close it is in construction to dresses designed by the greats from far earlier time periods. This is due to his Saville Row tailoring background and attention to detail and construction. If not for the label and slightly different grade fabrications you almost get the thought that you are handling a piece of very well made vintage Haute Couture. He excelled in his tailoring and did not scrimp or save on seaming or fabric when he made a dress - an idealism that during the time he was alive was a rare thing indeed to find in the fashion world unless you looked at Haute Couture. The dress was made properly and in traditional manners with all the little details one comes to expect in a high end garment. It is impeccable tailored with the lining made of as high a grade of silk as the exterior. Small details abound - a zipper set so that it all but disappears from sight, seaming and drape work through the skirt and bodice so the cut is what gives it a slight suggest of a tulip skirt silhouette, and slight volume through the line of the dress. The front plunges quite deep and the drape panel of fabric across the chest accentuates the bust. It is beautiful and wearable and a great piece of fashion history and testament to his genius. Excellent condition with original tags still present.
Fully lined in a a black silk and closes with a back hidden zipper. The waist is created through vertical seaming. Tagged a size 46. This is not a runway piece and the date is based on my clients recollection and similar pieces sold from this year that we have sold in the past.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 13" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG
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