alexander mcqueen

2004 F/W Alexander McQueen Purple Tie Runway Dress

"The pale faces and fluffy baby hair ringlets of the McQueen's models this season speak of vulnerability as always but also of the hope and optimism of extreme, yet to be be fully formed youth" says the McQueen website of this collection. It goes on to note "The designer’s clothes aim to enfold the body, they are extremely subtle and the dialogue between garment and wearer is an intimate one. This is an otherworldly vision certainly but also a quieter one than might be expected from a designer famed for anything but that. Each piece has been worked on painstakingly – there’s not a fiber out of place. Clothing is clean but the detail absolute. A respect for tradition is here, as always, very much in evidence – the use of heavy tweeds and cashmere's in particular – but so too is a love of nature in the form of a preternaturally lovely orchid print used in a highly disciplined and sparing way."

From the "Pantheon as Lecum" Collection", this was Look 12 on the runway and this version was done in the purple fabric as seen in Look 50 (both shown here for your reference). The dress moves beautifully when on - if you view the video below you will see it on the model at about the 3:40 mark and you can see how it looks and moves. The base is a deep purple rayon silk mix that drapes beautifully on the body. It is cut to skim over your curves and the skirt flares out gently once past the hips. The sleeves are long and the neckline high and stark. Attached to the dress are draped panels of silk that go around the neck and down the back and then appear to circle the waist. Panels go around the hip and tie at the front - all done in a way to accentuate and add to a woman's curve. His genius tailoring is evident. Museum quality. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear with a hidden set back zipper. Tagged a 46 but please check actual listed measurements as McQueen runs small. The fabric does have some stretch.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from top to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD2202

Runway reference photo credits:

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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