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Early 2000s Dior Christian Dior by John Galliano Deep Red Satin Finish Bias Cut Dress w Extended Panel

John Galliano was moved over from Givenchy to Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. During John Galliano's years at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing bias cut gowns in the houses history. His work, especially the bias cut pieces that he did, have a feeling of the decadence and abandonment of the twenties and they are beautifully cut. They marry Old Hollywood with the minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and the results are stunning. This is an amazing example of his work while there and it has a fantastically dramatic feel to it. 

This dress is made from a deep red satin finish fabric that is cut completely on the bias. It is very beautiful. The bias cut allows it to skim and drape over the body so that is shows every curve but is not tight at all. The neckline is wonderful. One side is attached and curves up and over the shoulder. The other side is a panel that extends out from the neckline and then you let it drape over the opposite shoulder. This panel is very long so it drapes down your back to create the most beautiful line. The dress is cut to follow the curves of the body with seaming reminiscent of the work you see from the twenties and thirties. A panel of fabric is gathered low across the hips   and the the skirt flares out under that. The skirt is remarkable and cut with a long extended panel at one side. This has a little loop at the end so you can hold it on one hand or hook it to a bracelet so it curves across the front or back of your body. You can also hook it onto any of the buttons that run down the side of the dress. You can do a single loop at the side or wrap it around you and hook it. I have shown it a couple of different ways and I bet there are a dozen more clever ways you could style it. This gives the dress such a dramatic and couture feel. I love it. A tightly spaced row of buttons runs down the side of the dress to close. This is of course a Galliano signature and it this adds to the sense of antiquity the dress has. It is stunning on. Excellent condition

Unlined and cut on the bias. It slips on to wear and closes with the series of buttons and fabric loops that run down the side. Inner waist stay hooks to close. The bias cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. The length might come up when on depending on the size of the girl underneath since it is cut on the bias. This does not have its main Dior tag anymore but does have its proper Dior sizing tag present. Tagged a US6

Bust: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam, you could get a little more room here if you don't do up the inner waist stay
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 64" from shoulder to the front hem, 66" to the the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD3619

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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