Dreamy Fall 2004 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Runway Look 13 & Ad Campaign Floral Lace & Chiffon Dress

This Chanel dress is an exceptional piece for the collector and is very beautiful. This dress is from the Chanel Fall 2004 and it’s twin walk the show for Look 13. For this show Karl played off of both feminine and masculine themes. The show was presented on an asphalt catwalk labelled "One-Way Street". The dresses that appeared on the runway were mixed in with the menswear inspired pieces and they clearly took their inspiration from the twenties and thirties. You can see that in the lines of this dress. I have had a series of these floral dresses by Chanel in the shop recently and this one is from a bit earlier than the last two have been. It is definitely as pretty as its predecessors were and I love the added provenance on it. Its twin was shot by Karl himself for the ad campaign that season and a version was also used for an editorial for British Vogue. I love it. 

The dress is a work of art and the silk chiffon mixed with a pale top stitched lace that was used to make it is some of the prettiest I have seen. The fabric is very light and while silk chiffon is notoriously difficult to work with this dress does it with ease. It falls into place perfectly once on the body. and it is just spectacular. The dress is covered in the most beautiful floral print in soft ivory and nude pink pastels. It is sleeveless and the upper portion of the bodice mix is the latest with the silk chiffon. The lace serves as the base layer of the bodice and then the silk chiffon has been draped over that. It wraps around the neck and down to a centre point at the base of the V of the neckline. More panels come in from the side and also up from the waist. In between the panels is the lace that is backed by a single layer of the same printed floral silk chiffon. This gives it a very feminine feel that I love. The upper back is a layer of lace and chiffon and it has an open keyhole from the neck to the band at the waist. Chiffon ties extend from the fabric that wraps around the neck and trails down the back. It skims over the bodice and down to the waist where a wide soft panel of lace that wraps around you to the back. Where the fabric wraps around the waist from the front there is a series of little iridescent pink dome buttons with Chanel inscribed upon them. The dress falls from there in a swoop of feather light silk to a the hem. Wide panels of the lace are interspersed with panels of the silk chiffon all the way around the skirt. This sits over an inner ivory silk chiffon layer so that it is wearable and not fully transparent. The back feels slightly fuller than the front so you get this pretty billowing effect around you when you walk. This is a signature Karl silhouette to give the dress as much movement as possible and you can see that in the reference photos here. The dress comes with a large shawl made out of the same silk chiffon and edged in a tiny bit of the lace. Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that the famous double C logo is worked all through the print of the dress making it impossible to not know that you are wearing Chanel. The dress appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

The lace is backed with the same silk chiffon through the bodice and then there is an inner skirt made out of an ivory silk chiffon underneath the top skirt as described above. It closes at the neck with a hook and eye, buttons at the base of the keyhole and then zips to close under that. Current Chanel silk chiffon dresses with this level of detailing are retailing for $9000USD and over. Tagged a modern Chanel 38

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total Length: 59" from neck to front hem, 62" to the back hem

Shawl: 35" x 80"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4711

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Fall 2004 Chanel, Look 13.  /  (4) Isabeli Fontana for Fall 2004 Chanel, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.  /  (5) Vogue UK, October 2004.

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