Exceptional Spring 2005 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Runway Blush Pink Crepe Silk Chiffon Dress

The twin this dress walk the runway on none other than Liya Kebede who stunned in it. It was also photoed on Sophie Thatcher for Numero Magazine. It is an absolutely stunning dress and no matter how good it looks in these Photos it looks 1 million times better in real life. The photos do not fully capture the feather light fabric of the dress and how it moves. In the review of the show that season Vogue noted that Karl's runway was decked out with a red carpet. The show launched with a parade of super models walking the red carpet 'while men ran alongside them popping flashbulbs. The message was clear, in an era when celebrity dressing has become so over exposed, it's only exciting when an actress has exceptional talent in style'. This was in acknowledgement to the fact that Nicole Kidman was there with Baz Luhrmann and they had just starred in Chanel's new advertising campaign for Chanel No. 5. I love that the runway photos give you an idea of the incredible movement of the skirt and how the bodice will sit on an actual person. The runway dress had a long brooch added for styling and this would be something easy to do if you loved that look.

This is such a stunning dress and it might even make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any event. The first thing that you will notice when you see this dress in person is how incredibly light it is. It is a dream to wear. All of the panels and elements to the dress simply just straight into place in float around you. This also gives it amazing movement. Slightest bit of air will pick up the panels and make them float around you. The front plunges and because my dress form has no bust it looks like it sits underneath the bust but went on an actual person it will be pulled up more and sit across properly like you can see in the reference photos. A tiny little lace strap curves over each shoulder and then the sleeve drops from there. Attached to the sleeve is a panel of silk chiffon that extends over the top part of your arms and then around the back for a bit of a cape feel. The front criss crosses over itself and everywhere there is a seam there is a panel of that little net lace ribbon for detailing. These cross over your body from just under the bust all the way down to past the hips. Starting at the waist panels are set along those scenes that drape down so you have a touch of volume at the side. Another panel sits at the back and then more panels of chiffon are attached all the way around the lower skirt. The front is cut a little shorter so you see a flash of leg and then the back is cut long so that it trails out behind you I love the photo on the runway that shows the dress from behind. As you walk you get this sweeping feel created by the panel around the upper back and then those floating panels trailing behind you. The colour is a pale nude ballerina blush pink and the fabric has a touch of crepe texture to it. It is absolutely beautiful. None of the photos here give it full justice. Excellent condition with one minor note below

The dress is lined with a second doubled layer of a matching coloured silk chiffon. The inner layer closes with a zipper and then the exterior layer of the dress buttons in place over that with a series of enamel double C logo buttons. Some of the buttons have slight patina to them. The bias cut should allow it to work on a range of sizes. It will just drape more on a smaller frame. The colour is a slightly more dustier pink in person. It's better. One button was replaced with a non Chanel button but it is hidden under the ruffle so you would never see it  Tagged a vintage Chanel 44

Bust: 19-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from top of shoulder to shortest part of the front hem and 68" to the longest point at the back

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4364 

Reference Photos: (1-5) Spring 2005 Chanel Runway, Look 55. Model Liya Kebede (6) Daria Werbowy by Karl 

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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