Chic & Simple Fall 2001 Gucci by Tom Ford Runway Look 20 Black Silk Side Zipper Sheath Dress

This is the second dress I have by Gucci from the Fall 2001 collection recently and for this one its twin walked the runway for Look 20. We have included runway photos here for you to see how gorgeous this dress is once on the body. During this time period Tom Ford was the Creative Director and was breathing new life into the label. He was known for his slick and simple yet still sexy silhouettes that highlighted every curve of a woman's body. He took over the label in 1994 and his presence was a game changer. His modern take revived the label and brought in a younger audience. In 2001 he was on the top of his game and everyone who was anyone was wearing Gucci. This is a very wearable and chic example of what he was doing at the label at this moment in time. 

This dress is simple and easy. Don't let it simplicity fool you because this is one of the dresses that you will reach for over and over. It is so easy to wear and very flattering. I love that it is a piece that you can easily wear as a layered piece with something under it or over it. The dress has a scoop at the neckline and the shoulders are soft with no padding. The sleeves are long and simple. It skims over the bust, waist and hips and then flares out slightly as it nears the hem. It is made out of a very lightweight black crepe silk. Once on the body it feels like you're wearing virtually nothing. You can see how this also adds movement to the dress as you walk when you watch the runway video that I have attached here. The only detailing Ford has used are zippers. There is a chunky silver zipper at the back of the neck that is surrounded by a black grosgrain ribbon. A second zipper runs from under the arm on one side to the hem. I love that the zipper there has a zipper pull at each of its ends. The one at the top is for you to get into the dress and then the one at the bottom allows you to create as high of a slit as you dare. It is insanely good. Excellent condition.

The dress is unlined and closes with the side zipper and a zipper at the back of the neck as described above. Tagged a vintage Gucci 40. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. It is meant to sit a bit oversized on the body

Sleeves: 24"
Slightly dropped shoulders: 16"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 37" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4720

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2001 Gucci, Look 20. Model Natasa Vojnovic.

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