Fall 2019 Cecilie Bahnsen Runway "Ami" Velvet Bow & Ivory Babydoll Mini Dress
On the designer site the description of Cecilie's work says is best; 'Cecilie Bahnsen operates at the intersection of couture and ready-to-wear to create luxury clothing with a relaxed, timeless style. Celebrating the traditions of fine French fashion and the design culture of Scandinavia, the collections combine craftsmanship and details with architectural volumes and sculptural silhouettes to offer a contemporary take on femininity. Unique fabrics are hand-designed each season by founder and LVMH Prize finalist Cecilie Bahnsen, a Copenhagen native who returned to her home town to found her eponymous label in 2015 after studying at the Royal College of Art in London and working with couture houses in Paris.' A version in a white quilted fabric walk the runway for Fall 2019, Look 26 and it was also released in black of which we found many reference photos of it. It is my understanding from my client that a very limited amount were made in the ivory silk faille that I have today. It is stunning in this fabric and colour.
This particular shape is part of her core aesthetic and what catapulted her to fame. These voluminous baby doll dresses are a signature and this one is stunning. These are dresses that you can wear flat boots with and stomp about and then with your next wear you could add your highest heels, pile on the jewellery and be as 'ladylike' as you could possibly be. It would also make a wonderful wedding piece for a bride looking for something nontraditional or as a piece worn to one of the events surrounding a wedding weekend. The fabric is a synthetic that feels and looks like a silk taffeta. It has a lot of volume while staying as light as air. The neckline is squared off and the sleeves are big and poufed. The dress falls in three tiers. The first lays flat across the bust and then the two under that widen out significantly for that baby doll look. At the back the waste dips down on a pretty curve and panels come across the back above that and tie into place with wide black velvet ribbons. This leaves a peek-a-boo effect of bare skin behind the ribbons and panels. The back of the dip sounds slightly lower than the front and the effect is just romantic and pretty and whimsical. Her dresses are high fancy and this gorgeous ivory one is no exception. Excellent condition.
Behind the bust is lined in a ivory silk and the rest of the dress is unlined. It zips to close at the side with a hidden set zipper. The black velvet ribbons tie the back into place. Tagged a UK6 US2. It looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: the front panel is 15" flat across from side seam to side seam but the adjustable back allows you to adjust it by quite a bit up from there
Waist: the front waist seam is 13" flat across from side seam to side seam but the dipped back allows you to adjust it a bit up from there and it would just lie less dipped. The total room is 30" around bit it is meant to dip a bit
Bodice: 11" from top of shoulder to seam under the bust
Skirt: 25.5" from seam under the bust to front hem, 30" to the back em
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Fall 2019 Cecilie Bahnsen Runway, Look 26. / (2-5) Various on-model shots. Credits unknown.
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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