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Gorgeous Spring 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Silk Print Dress w Flowered Edge Scarf

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 some photos of Riley Keough in a dress with the same print that she wore at the time to attend the Couture show. It at least gives you an idea of how fabulous and vibrant the print is on the body. I have to say that I prefer this dress over hers. It is far more classically Galliano for Dior in shape and cut.

This dress is made from a fine silk crepe chiffon that is cut completely on the bias. It is very beautiful. The silk is covered in one of his more vibrant prints and I love it. An explosion of flowers cover every inch of the dress. 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 has been pieced together and laid out to form a low dipping bodice and then low dropped angled panels that create the various parts of the pattern that you see. Set along the seams are loops made out of the same fabric and I love how some are only attached at one end so you get this bit of a raw decadent feel. This also creates incredible movement. All those loops move as you move and the effect is fabulous. The dress is suspended from wide straps that curve over each shoulder. The bodice is simple and soft with dropped seams. It glides over the body and then flares out as it reaches the hem. The widening of the hem is created by the way the panels are inset. It is an incredible feat of patterning. The skirt falls longer at the back and the sides are cut higher as well. There are slits up the side to add to the movement of the skirt. This also gives you a flash of leg when you sit or move. The back is a low V that leaves a bare expanse of skin to show. The dress is even better in person and on the body as the static photos cannot fully convey how a bias cut dress moves. They only truly come to life when worn. This one also comes with a matching silk chiffon stole that is cut extra long and wide and is finished with a trim of silk flower petals. I have shown several ways that it can be worn and there are probably more. It is an incredible example of his work and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a white silk chiffon and both layers are 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 US10 FR42 GB14 IT46. The measurements given below are the comfortable stretch of the fabric laying flat. You might get a touch more when on an actual body. Comes with its original matching shawl trimmed with silk petals at each end

Bust: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from shoulder to the front hem, 57" to the back hem
Shawl: 92" long x 20" wide

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD4062

Reference Photos: (1-3) Riley Keough, in Dior, with John Galliano at the Fall 2004 Haute Couture Dior Runway Show. / (4-5) Alek Wek attends the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum's Young Collectors Council Artists Ball hosted by Dior on December 16, 2004.  

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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