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Gorgeous Spring 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Silk & Lace Dress

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 bias cut dresses in the house's history. His work, especially the bias cut pieces that he did, have a feeling of the decadence and abandonment of the twenties and they are beautifully cut. They marry Old Hollywood with the minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and the results are stunning. This is an amazing example of his work from the Boutique line and it is gorgeous. I have included a photo of a picture from the main label runway that shows you how that same diamond shaped lace pattern detail was used in the main collection as well. It is always fascinating to see how an idea transfers from the various collections. 

This dress is made from a combination of lace and a fine black silk that is cut completely on the bias. It is very beautiful. The signature bias cut that he often did allows the dress to skim and drape over the body so that is shows every curve but is not overly fitted. The seaming is highly reminiscent of the work you see from the twenties and thirties which became another of John's signatures. The fabric of the dress is a fine black silk that has a dot pattern woven through it. These are pieced together and laid out in a diamond pattern that runs over the entire dress. Set between each diamond of fabric is a wide black lace ribbon. This creates a stunning texture over the entire dress. The dress is suspended from two lace straps and then the bodice is a simple soft layer of the lace and silk. It glides over the body and then flares out as it reaches the hem. The widening of the hem is created by more of the diamonds panels being added around the dress. It is an incredible feat of patterning. Just under the bust is a little silk chiffon peplum that is edged with lace. This flares out around you for added shape. Then at the hem there is a panel of lace that is set under the bottom edge of the skirt. You only see this bit of lace peaking out when you walk, sit or move and it is like this delicious little secret. The back is a low V that leaves a bare expanse of skin to show. It is even better in person and on the body as the black in the photos does not fully convey the detail that you will see in real life and bias cut dress only truly comes to life when worn Depending on your height the dress will fall to the low calf to full length. Excellent condition

Unlined and cut on the bias. It slips on to wear with no closures. The bias cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. The length might come up when on depending on the size of the girl underneath since it is cut on the bias. Tagged a US8 FR40 GB12. The measurements given below are the comfortable stretch of the fabric laying flat. You might get a touch more when on an actual body.

Bust: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from shoulder to the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD3975

Reference Photo: Spring 2005 Christian Dior Runway, Look 44. Model: Nicole Trunfio.

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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