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Exquisite Fall 1999 John Galliano Deep Red Bias Cut Patterned Silk Backless Dress w Velvet Ribbon Details

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This is a stunning and beautiful Fall 1999 John Galliano dress that was made for for the shops based on the grouping of red dresses that closed the show. On the runway there were several pieces that were very similar in cut and feel and I have a feeling that this one may have been edited out of the actual show because it certainly could fit right in. This piece has the added provenance of being the dress that Dakota Fanning recently wore for her appearance on the Tonight Show. I love having these photos you can see how spectacular this dress is and it's always nice to have a piece with both historical and modern context. These early pieces are among the most coveted of his work, and this is a beautiful and rare example. The dress is absolutely gorgeous.

This John Galliano dress is incredibly beautiful and it is a stunning example of his work. It is also wonderful to have such an early piece of Galliano. No matter how good you think that this dress looks like in photos and on Dakota it is even better in person and moving. The dress is made out of a deep red silk that has a beautiful secondary pattern woven through the silk. I love how that woven in design catches the light as you move and adds an extra layer of visual interest to the dress. The dress is cut completely on the bias so it just glides over the body. It doesn't even have any closures, it is made to just fall over you in a sweep of bias cut fabric. It is cut to skim over the bust with a draped front that falls in a soft fold. The back is incredible and it is scooped down into a low open V that leaves your back bare. The dress skims over the waist and hips and is cut so that the bias cut of the silk follows your curves and highlights the body underneath without it being too tight and fitted. Galliano was a genius when it came to this cut. Once past the hips the dress flares out as it nears the bottom so that it has beautiful movement when you move. I love the use of the soft velvet ribbon that is used for the straps that crisscross across the back and also highlights the cut of the bodice, adding a pretty and feminine touch. The attached ribbons wrap around to crisscross over your front and then tie at the waist to add the perfect amount of detail to the otherwise perfectly simple dress. This cleverly draws the eye in to add shape but without sacrificing the comfort of the bias cut. It is just amazing.. Excellent condition with a minor note below

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. The measurements given below are the comfortable range when the dress is laying flat. Being bias cut the length may come up a bit once on the body. The very slightest touch of wear on the velvet ribbon here and there. Please see the photo after the label shot. Tagged a vintage Galliano FR38 GB10 US4

Bust: no true side seam but the front covers to approximately 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 61" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4691

Reference Photos: (1-2) Fall 1999 John Galliano Runway.  /  (3-5) Dakota Fanning in this dress on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, March 2024.

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