Easy to Wear Fall 2012 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci One Shoulder Fluid Black Jersey Caftan Dress

This dress is from the Fall 2012 collection by Riccardo Tisci. It is not a piece that was shown on the runway that season, but one that was produced for the shops. The evening pieces were often produced in more limited quantities. Riccardo Tisci's time as Creative Director for the house is one of my favourite periods of the label's history. 2012 also marked a major milestone in Tisci career as he won the CFDA's International Award and he was quoted as saying at the time that "This year has been beautiful and amazing for me". This is a stunning example of his aesthetic and I love it.

This is an absolutely gorgeous dress that is easy to wear and still very flattering. It has an easy to wear caftan feel to it but at the same time the silk moves with you as you move and suggests the body underneath. It is made of a black jersey that has enough weight to make it flattering as it skims and drapes over you but that is still light enough that it easily moves. The dress has the absolute minimal seaming and is cut to simply fall from that one single shoulder in a cascade of fabric. The other shoulder is left bare and exposed. Extending down from the shoulder is a seam that angles across the body. Once it reaches just below the hip it begins to open out into an inverted pleat and eventually turns into an open curved slit that is set into the fold. That slit is hidden when you stand but when you walk you get a peek of the bare skin of your leg. It a subtle sexiness that is fabulous. There is a ton more fabric in the dress than how it appears in the shots here. This is a dress that really only comes to life once on. It is in its original extra long supermodel length and appears to have never been worn. It is just a fantastic dress. Excellent condition 

Unlined and slips on to wear with an inner stretch net bodice. The easy fit should allow it to work on a variety of sizes and you could easily change the inner bodice if you meed more room. Tagged a 38. In its original uncut supermodel length. The fabric has stretch. 

Bust: 16-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist of the inner bodice: 13-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Outer waist: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 66" from shoulder to longest point of the hem
Slit: 34" from the hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4495

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