Fall 2000 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Runway One Shoulder Silk Chiffon Dress
This is the second of these dresses that I have had in the shop and I am very pleased that this one a little more of a wearable size. Three versions of this dress were presented on the Fall runway that season making it an important theme for that season. The twin of this one was worn by Trish Goff on the runway.
Vogue's review of the collection states in part; 'Fall 2000 was, overall, the season of the lady. One who had polish—and, likely, two homes and one eye on the fluctuating stock market. “With the Dow Jones and Nasdaq soaring and plunging like a late-sixties hemline,” wrote Sally Singer in Vogue, “it was perhaps inevitable that many designers would choose for fall 2000 to forgo fantasy and get back to basics—luxe basics, that is.”....Upending Chanelisms was not Lagerfeld’s goal for Fall 2000, but he worked with the building blocks (as opposed to basics) with which Coco Chanel built a wardrobe for active women while adding his own touches, like whisper-light pleated skirts or midi-length ones of quilted down. (The double-C tights deserve mention too.) Asked to elaborate on his inspiration, Lagerfeld said he had been looking at and thinking about “early ready-to-wear, the end of couture.."
The dress itself is an absolute stunning example of the work that Lagerfeld was doing during this time period. It has an easy, sexy feel to it while still fully showcasing that famous double C logo in the print. The custom screened silk chiffon used is feather light and mixes a purple and a magenta print for the various layers of silk. The fabric is draped and gathered to create the very feminine silhouette that you see. The inner dress is fully lined to just below the hip and the silk gathered in soft sweeps around the body. There is a curved panel of fabric attached along one hip that drapes down and around the hips and then another panel attached at the top that drapes over one shoulder and down the arm. These are left unlined so you get an interesting play on the patterns underneath. The lower skirt is also unlined so has a touch if transparency that gives just a glimpse of the shape of the leg underneath. It is cut on an angle to further play on the asymmetrical feel of the dress and slit up on side. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a purple silk chiffon through the body of the dress and closes with a hidden set side zipper. Light boning on either side of the bust. Tagged a 44. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 5" wide
Line part of the body of dress: 28" from top of bodice to end of inner lining
Total length : approx 60" from top of shoulder to longest point on hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photo: (1-2) Chanel Fall 2000 Runway Collection, Look 72. Model: Trish Goff. / (3) Look 73.
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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