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Fabulous 2008 Alexander McQueen Strapless Black Silk Dress w Vibrant Pink Patent Leather Belt

The spring 2008 collection was called 'La Dame Bleue' and was a tribute to his mentor and friend Isabella Blow who had committed suicide on May of 2007 after a long bout of illness. His statement of the show was this; 'Isabella flew. The collection is exuberant and excessive. It's about her way of thinking and that way of thinking brought light into fashion. Even when she was down she was up with what she wore. I had the best times with Isabella. I remember going to Mauritius with her and I'd come back from scuba diving and it would be 100 degrees and she'd be standing on the beach head to toxin McQueen with a Philip Treacy Hat on. Or we'd be sitting around the pool and she'd still be head to toe in McQueen with a Philip Treacy hat on. I've though a lot about why she would wear things like that and she wore them because it made her feel like a diva. She was a diva in what she wore. She pulled it off. I never blinked at what she wore. It just seemed normal. So this was a collection about Isabella ad about wearing clothes that transform you." The entire show was a beautiful testament to someone he loved dearly. This dress is a version that combines the look of the one shoulder dresses in the same colour combination and the strapless butterfly dresses that were shown on the runway that season. It would have been one that was produced for the shops as an alternative to the runway piece.  This was the fifth last collection of his career and these last collections are considered to be some of his most brilliant. 

The dress is made from a black bias cut silk that drapes beautifully over the body. t is strapless with a built-in inner cupped bodice that gives you support and holds the dress in place. The cups are shaped for support and to hold the dress properly in place. The top of the bodice has a slight curve to add some softness and then the silk drapes over that. The dress glides over the inner structure and falls in column to the floor. The silk is gathered in towards the center of the front so it is full through the body. At the back it is cut to be fuller and create more volume. There are two opening at each side of the back and you can slip that bright pink patent belt through those which gives shape at the front and then the back has that gorgeous volume over the belt. You could also do the opposite so that the belt only shows at the back and the front has the fullness. The choice of that feather light silk for this one keeps it light and easy and as you move the silk billows around you. It also creates this incredible movement when you walk. The dress is original supermodel length and still has its original tags attached. It is spectacularly beautiful. Excellent condition with a minor note below 

Fully lined in a black bias cut silk and has a built in cupped corset. The inner corset closes with its own zipper and the dress zips to close over that with a hidden set zipper. The belt snaps to close and shows some minor wear on its edges as shown. Tagged a McQueen 44. The inner corset has some stretch. You could have the inner corset adjusted if you needed more or less room. Buttons on the inner bodice to add straps if you wanted. Has its original tags attached

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam with a B-C cup
Inner corset waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from top of bodice to hem
Belt: snaps are set at 31", 32" and 33"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4468

Reference Photos: (1-2) Spring 2008 Alexander McQueen Runway (Look 27 & 38).  /  (3) Thandie Newton at the 2008 Orange British Academy Film Awards.

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