Documented F/W 1996 Tom Ford for Gucci KeyHole Gown

Perhaps one of the most famous of all the Gucci dresses produced while Tom Ford headed the house, this is the gown made famous by Georgina Grenville in the Gucci ad campaign of 1996. It quickly was wait-listed world wide and sold out everywhere. It was only ever produced in black and white and here we have the black version. I have seen these come to market occasionally but rarely do they still have the gold toned metal "G" adorned g-string that sits under the dress and peeks perfectly through the keyhole on the hip. The dress is cut to fall in a beautiful sweeping column of slinky black jersey and skims over the body rather than to hug. The sexuality of the piece is in that glimpse of skin at the hip and the flash of gold against the span of bare skin. Carolyn Murphy wore this on the runway (picture below and in the reference video) and with nothing under it but that G-string that the gold G is mounted onto it and it brought down the house. In addition to appearing in the ad campaign, Tatjana Patitz wore it for the Vogue AUSTRALIA editorial "The Lioness" in the May 1997 issue. It is incredible and an extremely well documented piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black jersey rayon. Slips on to wear. Tagged a 44. Please check measurements as Gucci does run small. The G string that goes under the dress hooks to close on one side with a large lobster claw clasp. This gown was featured on our blog - click here to see

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 60" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1335

Runway reference photo credit:
Second reference photo credit: Vogue Australia, May 1997
Third reference photo credit: Gucci ad campaign, 1996

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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