2000s Valentino Roma Off White Super Model Long Dress w Bead & Sequin Detailing
The Valentino Roma label launched in 2000 to take the place of the Miss V line. It was sold at a price point that was more accessible then their main line and was meant to be available in more shops then the main line would be. The pieces are still very well made. This one caught my eye as it would potentially make a great wedding piece. It has a small flaw but it is one that I feel could be fixed or covered and it is a stunning dress.
The dress is made out of a light stretch silk feeling fabric. The colour is a simple and chic and is done in a slightly off-white colour. It is completely cut on the bias and it is super model long. When you slip it on, it simply drapes into place and molds over your curves. The bodice dips into a low plunge that is squared off at its base. Under that is panel that is set with white sequins and beads for a subtle little detailing. It skims over the bodice and then extends up into wide straps that curve up and over the shoulders. At the back there is another dip that also is squared off at its base. It is gathered into the panel at the front and this allows the dress to simply glide over you. The gathers draw in the eye to help the waist looks smaller and make it very flattering. It skims over the hips and then falls to the floor in a cascade of fabric that is cut very long. It gently widens out as it nears the hem. You get a stunning column feel when you stand still but there is enough fabric in there that you get a touch of volume when you move or twirl. It is gorgeous. It has its original tags and appears to have never been worn. Excellent overall condition but it does have two small issues to review below
Fully lined in a white chiffon and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Tagged a size 46 and the bias cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. There are two small slits in the fabric on one shoulder. You could easily have these covered or embellished to hide it. There is grubbiness at the hem. It is so long this is from dragging on the floor when previously stored. Even a minor hemming would get rid of it entirely.
Bust: to 19" flat across the front from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 65" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
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