Fall 2009 Bottega Veneta by Tomas Maier Ad Campaign & Runway Muted Copper Silk Pleated Dress
Tomas told Vogue that for this season he 'just switched off the TV news and thought about designing appetizing clothes to make women feel pretty and attractive.'.... the result was what Vogue called possibly his most resolved and beautiful collection yet—gently done, yet spiked with a new undercurrent of eroticism. This dress was one of the final grouping of pleated looks that Vogue need specifically on; 'And then came a sequence of pleated goddess dresses, catching the air as the girls swept past. They were superb.' and indeed they were. Of the five it was the twin of this one along with Look 33 that were chosen for the ad campaign that year and you can see why. It is extraordinarily beautiful. These sold out world wide and were wait;isted for their very limited production numbers. This one still has its original tags and it is absolutely 'superb'.
This dress is beyond beautiful. The dress is made out of a very high quality silk and the entire thing has been meticulously knife pleated. The bodice has a deep V at the front with side panels that curve up and over the sides of those panels. At the back wide pleated panels cross over each other to leave a touch of a subtle keyhole near the back of the back and the way all the panels are set leaves the side of the shoulders exposed. I love how setting the panels in this way creates such beautiful visual interest with the pleat work.The bodice panels go down and into a wide band at the waist where the pleats have been carefully tacked into place vertically. Inside this band is an inner hooked waist corset that hold everything perfectly in place and cinches you in. It goes up at the front with built in silk cups. It is just beautifully made. There is a small panel of silk that sits just under the bust that wraps all the way around to the back and ties for a pretty and romantic touch. Below that band the pleated skirt flares out and falls to the floor in miles of silk. It has the most incredible movement and you can see in the runway reference photos and video just how much movement this creates as you walk. Vogue called this a goddess dress and that is exactly what it feels and looks like once on. It is an incredible piece. Excellent condition with a small note below.
The dress has a built in corset through the bodice that hooks to close at the waist and then the dress closes under that with a series of hidden set snaps. The skirt is unlined. The corset has some stretch. The pleats have softened a touch as the skirt nears the hem. The dress has its original tags and is in its original uncut supermodel length. It looks to have never been worn. Tagged modern 40
Bust: 13-17" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A-Small B cup
Under bust: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 16" from top of bodice to bottom seam
Total length: 67" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Fall 2009 Bottega Veneta, Look 31. Model Sigrid Agren. / (4) Fall 2009 Bottega Veneta Ad Campaign.
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