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Fall 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Deep Blue-Black Sculpted Mini Dress

This is a beautiful dress from the Christian Dior label that showcases the elegance the best of the brands work has always displayed mixed with the youthful spirit that John added to the house. John Galliano went from Givenchy to Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. During John Galliano's years at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing dresses in the house's history. His work is always beautifully cut and this one is no exception. It has that minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and it is stunning. This was a piece that was produced in limited quantities for retail. The main line runway pieces that season where based on his own couture work and then the actual production pieces included a group of more refined and elegant pieces like this one. It is always interesting to see how John translated his over the top runway collections into elegant, wearable and yet still glamorous pieces.

When I looked through the collection for that season I think they made a mistake by not including this one in the show. It is fantastic. The dress combines a sleek finished wool that lets it hold the shape that you see with a knit for the upper shoulders and sleeves. Where the two meet across the top of the bodice gives the illusion that you are wearing a strapless dress with a turtleneck sweater tucked underneath. But because it is all one piece you don’t get the bulk that doing that would give you. Instead it sims perfectly over the body once on. The upper portion of the dress is in a sleek turtleneck and the knit has a ribbon through it for texture. It’s fitted across the upper bodice and the sleeves are long. I love the chunky silver zipper detail that runs across the top if the shoulder and up the side of the turtleneck. Underneath the knit part the dress is sculpted and sleek. It skims over the bust and nips in at the waist. The skirt flares out on a curve to end just above the knee depending on your height. Pockets are hidden on each side of the hips. The colour is the deepest possible blue. I had to look at it in a few different lights to decide whether it was blue or a black. Its very chic and minimalist. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined under the wool part in a matching blue silk and the knit parts are unlined. It zips to close with a hidden set zipper at the back and the zipper at the neck is functional. Tagged a US6 GB10 FR38 IT42.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 13.5-15"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 35" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4130

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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