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F/W 2005 Christian Lacroix Extraordinary Leather Detailed Dress

Christian LaCroix was the master at creating the most fantastical gowns imaginable and I am immensely pleased to have this example of his work in the shop. It is just a masterpiece and truly a work of art. The body of the dress is strapless and fitted, cut and shaped to curved around the body. like a sculpted draping The sweetheart bodice is peaked higher on one side and the fabric is hand draped and shaped across the bust. The right side is a soft curve and the left side is set to sit higher and more pronounced. The fabric on that side is actually wired along its inner edge so you can create the shape you wish. It allows you to shape it to extend high up and be more dramatic, or push it to flare more outward, or shape it to lie flat against you at the height you wish. A curving, swirling appliqué of leather that has been top stitched and embroidered trails down the front and into the lower skirting. The lower portion of the gown is fitted to hug your curves and at one side has a high slit that runs right up the upper thigh. This slit is kept from being completely scandalous by the way the gown is shaped and the fabric is wrapped around the body. The skirt opposite to the slit cascades to the floor with gathered poufs and a large bow. It trails out and past the floor to create a train. The contrast of the purple that you see under the olive of the outside silk perfectly emphasizes and highlights every line of the design. It is magnificent. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a purple silk and the outer skirts and dress are self backed in purple. There is a full bra/corset built into the bodice and it is lightly boned. There is also some type of stiffening fabric through the bodice for structure and shape. It closes with a two zippers  - an exterior one and an interior one that closes the inner corset. Tagged with the mainline demi-couture LaCroix tag.

Bust: to 16" flat across the back with upon to a B cup built in, maybe a small C
Inner corset waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length to shortest portion: 33" from top to hem
Length of the shorter of the two skirt: 49.5" from top to hem
Length to the hem of the train: 65.5" from top to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2429

Reference Photo: F/W 2005 Christian Lacroix Runway Collection, Look 59. Model: Tiiu Kuik.

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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