Highly Documented Fall 2006 Gucci by Frida Giannini Runway Gold Sequin Mini Dress
The Vogue review of the Fall 2006 show was extremely complimentary. This was the best collection that Frida did for Gucci while at the label and this dress was the star of the show. The review said 'Gold pantsuits, Ziggy eyes, ultraminis, and patchwork purple crocodile biker jackets: Yes, Frida Giannini is doing glam rock for fall. 'I was thinking of David Bowie and the way people played with their image to be something different every time they went out in the seventies," she said. "It's less romantic and more about energy and showing off.... some of her ultrashort metallic jersey dresses actually read as more sub-Versace (which is a reference many young designers are enthusiastic about now), though she also tempered things with maxi, printed, and sequined options for the slightly more modest nightclubber. Even at their least wild, though, these looks weren't designed to be seen during daylight hours'. To this day this is one of the most recognizable of all of her pieces. I have included numerous examples of the celebrities that wore this dress that season and I am sure there are more. It really is an extraordinary dress.
The dress is in mint condition and was only worn one time. It comes to me from its original owner and was carefully stored so it is as close to getting it fresh off the rack as you can get. The dress has a silk base and then thousands of tiny matte and shiny gold sequins as well as tube beads have been applied to it to completely cover the dress. The sequin and bead work cover every inch of the dress with just little bits of the fabric underneath left to show to highlight the design. The way that it catches the light from every angle possible is incredible. It is very sexy and flattering which is probably why it was photoed so much that season. The front plunges down into a low V right to the band at the waist. The bodice is cut to skim over you and the sleeves are long. The skirt is short and fitted. I love the play on a cable knit sweater that the dress has. You can see this in the way that every second vertical band of sequins is done in a twisted rope pattern and how the hem, band at the waist, sleeves and cuffs are finished with bead work that gives it the feel of the ribbed edging on a sweater. The dress comes with its original matching tie belt that is also completely covered in sequins. These sold out instantly when they were dropped and were extremely expensive with only a limited amount of them produced. This is an iconic piece of Gucci's history. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a pale taupe silk and closes with a side set hidden zipper. Hidden set zippers at each cuff. Tagged a size 38. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at top of band: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at bottom of band: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from neck to top of band
Skirt: 18" from bottom of the band to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photos/Videos: (1-3) Fall 2006 Gucci Runway. Look 14 worn by Caroline Trentini. / (3) Fall 2006 Gucci Ad Campaign by Craig McDean. / (3) Doutzen Kroes for TIME Style & Design Magazine, 2006. Photo by Lee Broomfield. / (4-5) Lindsay Lohan for Harper's Bazaar, July 2006. / (6-7) Nicole Scherzinger in Gucci while performing with the Pussycat Dolls at the American Music Awards, 2006. / (8) Tommy and Dee Hilfiger at the World Music Awards, 2006. / (9) Doutzen Kroes for Elle France, 2006. / (10) Alessandra Ambrosio at her birthday party in 2007.
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