Gorgeous Spring 2017 Valentino by Spring 2017 Valentino by PierPaolo Piccioli Runway Print Silk Dress

The is from the Spring 2017 collection which was an important and interesting show for two reason. First it was PierPaolo's debut collection as the solo creative director for the house and second he brought in Zandra Rhodes for the prints that went on the fabrics shown in the collection. The twin of this dress walked the runway for Look 23 and it is gorgeous. The show was a huge success and the Vogue review for this collection stated in part; 'They (the models) were wearing a collection he’d based on looking at a lot of medieval art, but particularly at Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights—not that the clothes read as historicist at all. “I like to know my history, and then forget it,” Piccioli said.... He’d also become fascinated by the work of Zandra Rhodes, the great British fashion designer of the ’70s and ’80s, known for her hand-drawn prints and floaty, haute hippy dresses, so he got on a plane to London to see her. “He was wonderful,” exclaimed the pink-haired designer, who was sitting in the front row today. “He and an assistant came to my studio for two days, I showed them everything in my archive, and he asked me what I could do to make prints from the Bosch painting. It’s just incredible to see what they did with them." In short, he aced it, not only meeting expectations but surpassing them too.'

I love this dress. It is one of my favorite pieces from the show. It feels thoroughly Valentino but it also nods at the more intricate art work of Zandra. It is just a joy. The dress is made from a fine light weight silk that is cut on the bias. Think scarf weight. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk the loose cut and that cleverly pleated skirt catch the air to float and move around you. The colour is a beautiful yellow with a green undertone that feels just a little bit edgy. The print is a combination of black and sepia's and the inserts into the skirt are all done in a stark black for contrast. The bodice is cut loose and easy over the body and the dress has a bit of a nod to the twenties in its loose cut. The sleeves are long and I love that the print continues over and onto them. It skims loosely over the bust and waist to a seam that sits at just about the top of the hip. The skirt falls from under that seam and depending on your height it will fall to just above the knee to just past the knee. The skirt is cut beautifully. The silk falls in panels all the way around you and they are attached to the body of the dress in little curving seams. Between the yellow panels are black silk crepe triangle shaped insets. These are what allow the skirt a tremendous amount of movement. The perfect finish is that Zandra Rhodes print that has scene of an exotic plain with animals, cactuses and flocks of bird flying above. It is stunning. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

A separate silk slip acts as the lining and then the dress is worn over this. The inner slip closes with a hidden set side zipper and the dress closes with a back hidden set zipper. Tagged a Valentino 44. There's one small mark on the inner slip and of course this doesn't show went the dress is worn over it

Sleeves: 24.5"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34.5" from top of shoulder to hem

Inner Slip
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 32" from top of straps to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4361

Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2017 Valentino Runway, Look 23. Model Diana Tieplova.

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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