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Ethereal 2000s Christian Dior by John Galliano Pale Yellow Silk Chiffon Dress w Barely There Bodice

During John Galliano's years from 1996-2011 at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing bias cut and chiffon dresses in the house's history. His work often has a feeling of the decadence and abandonment of the twenties and thirties with their beautiful cuts. They marry Old Hollywood with the minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and the results are stunning. This is an amazing example of his work from the Boutique line and it is gorgeous. It is so classically Galliano for Dior in its shape and cut. It is a real beauty.

The dress is made out of a pale yellow silk chiffon that has two different textures running through it. Parts have an almost ribbed texture and others have a smother finish with a bit of a horizontal banded feel worked into the fabric. It is all cut on the bias which is one of his key signatures. The bodice is empire cut and has an inner single silk lining and then the textured outer layer sits over that. This top layer is set to be more bare over the bodice and caught up with tiny stitches at the centre. It dips low at the side and then the back has this almost haphazard feel to the way it is set. A very Galliano detail when he chose to play with the idea of decadence and the feeling of age in his garments. It falls from just below the bust draping down and over the body to the floor. The dress skims and drape over you as it widens out to the hem. The seaming is highly reminiscent of the work you see from the twenties and thirties which became another of John's signatures. The change in the fabric texture helps the dress hold its width through the skirt and the lightness and incredible amount of fabric through the skirt gives you so much movement when you walk. It is stunning. The skirt has some slight gathered stitches on each side and there are two high slits that run on both the over layer and inner lining. So when you walk you get a long exposure of leg. His signature row of tightly spaced silk covered buttons run up one side. The dress is even better in person and on the body as the static photos cannot fully convey how the dress moves once on the body. This is the type of dress that only truly comes to life when worn. It is an incredible example of his work and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition with a note below

Fully lined in a yellow silk chiffon and closes at the side with a series of silk covered buttons. It is a touch paler yellow than how it photoed. There are a couple of teeny tiny marks on the skirt. Please see the photo after the label shot. The size estimate is based on the tiny bodice even though the rest of the dress should fit a fuller range of sizes. 

Bust: approx 14-15" flat across with no true side seams
Seam under the bust: 12-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: open
Bodice: 8" from shoulder to seam under the bust
Skirt: 58" from seam under the bust to longest points of the hem
Slits: 36" from the hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-SML

Item# DD4478

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