Iconic Fall 2011 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Ad Campaign & Look 39 Runway Grey Floral Print Dress
Alber joined Lanvin in 2001 and served as the labels Creative Director until 2015. His first break as a designer came when he landed the senior assistant role at Geoffrey Beene. He stayed there for seven years until he was recruited to design for the Guy Laroche label in 1996. in 1998 he took over the Rive Gauche ready-to-wear for Yves Saint Laurent for three short seasons. A stint at Krizia and then a break happened before his time with Lanvin. The Alber years for Lanvin are ones that are much loved by all and with his recent passing owning these pieces seems even more poignant. This dress is extra special as it is both a runway pieces and also one of the dress that was featured in the now iconic ad campaign movie featuring Karen Elson & Raquel Zimmerman.
This dress is exceptional and really represents the best of Alber's work. It is made out of a fabric that is a silk and cotton mix. This allows it to really hold the shape that you see. There is quite a bit of fabric in the dress and it is a decent weight as a result. It feels like couture once on. The design that covers every square inch of fabric is a huge rose print done in a graphic grey scale. This gives it this lovely dark romantic feel. The twin of this dress walked the runway for Look 39 and having all these reference points gives you an amazing idea of how it will look like on. The bodice has a slightly dropped waist and it meant to skim over the body. Each sleeve is cut to just below the elbow and then explodes out into a wide cuff that gets it fullness from built in soft pleat work. The skirt mimics this same volume and there to you see the quirky and irregular pleat work that gives it a sculpted volume all the way around you. It is also gathered in a slight curve under at the hem so that it has some volume there. The shape is reminiscent of a tulip or slight bubble skirt shape. At the back there is one of his signature exposed and chunky zippers that runs right from the hem to the top of the neck. All the elements of this dress taken one by one are a little quirky but together they showcase his genius. It is just fabulous. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined on a black silk and closes at the back with the exposed zipper that you see. Tagged a 38 but runs generously so please go by the measurements below. Slight padding in the shoulder and top of the sleeve to hold the capped shape you see. This might fit a larger frame as well if you are narrow through the shoulders
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist:15 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 22" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-4) F/W 2011 Lanvin Runway, Look 39. Model: Freja Beha Erichsen. / (5) Fall 2011 Lanvin Ad Campaign. Karen Elson & Raquel Zimmerman by Steven Meisel.
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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