Fall 1998 John Galliano for Christian Dior Eyelash Fringe & Fur Set
John Galliano was moved over from Givenchy to Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. The collection from about 2000 to 2011 are covered in full but the ones prior to that are harder to find the full information on. I believe this is from the Fall 1998 collection but it may be a season or two on either side. I did have a reference photo for this at one time years ago but unfortunately it was lost and I was unable to find it again. I recently saw just the dress of this set listed for $6200USD. Mine is for the full proper set, the dress, the cuffed tunic and the removable fur collar.
The dress and tunic are made from a black netted knit fabric that has rows of an 'eyelash' knit applied to it. The fabric and the way it is cut allows it to cling like a second skin once it is on as it both molds and hugs the body. The same fabric used on the tunic allows for the incredible, voluminous draping that you see. The dress is cut to cling to your every curve and the semi-sheerness of the fabric gives it an added sexuality. It is suspended from little straps made out of the same fabric. The tunic is cut to be oversized and dramatic. It is basically cut in a giant T frame with wide sleeves and a loose, over-sized cut through the body. The ends of each sleeve are finished with a dyed to match knitted fur that I believe is fox. The cuffs are set all the way around the wide cut sleeves and are a full 7" high. The set also has its last finishing piece, the knit fur collar that slouches into place and perfectly balances the sleeves. This is an entirely separate piece so the set can be worn with or without it. It is extraordinary and a very rare and complete set of his early work for Dior. It appears to have never been worn. Excellent condition
Both the dress and tunic are unlined and slip on to wear. The fabric has stretch. The dress will fit a range of sizes and I have included the comfortable range when laying flat of those measurements. The tunic is basically a one size fits all so the sizing is designated by the dress only. Note that I am not a fur expert so referring to the fur cuffs and collars it as being fox is is my best guess
Bust: will stretch to about 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: will stretch to about 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 66" from top of shoulder to hem but will come up some when on the body
Tunic will fit any size
Measures 54" across from end of one cuff to another and is 18" from neck to hem
7" wide and 30" around
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
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