Iconic Fall 2013 Valentino Black Sculpted Runway Finale Dress w Long Sleeves
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This twin of this dress walked the runway for the Fall 2013 collection and it is not only the twin of the runway piece but it is also the twin of the same dress that I have had in the shop before. I think I love it even more this second time around. In 2013 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. Vogue's Nicole Phelps said of this show in her review: 'Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring stared out from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's mood board this season. At a preview, the Valentino designers were making connections between what they called the severe yet sensual portraits of the Dutch masters and their exquisite new collection for Fall. "We wanted to capture women in a private moment," Chiuri said. "In this show, the face is very important." This is Valentino we're talking about, of course, so in the end there was no lack of intricacy in the details. There were gowns galore, many of unsurpassed beauty, and some too beautiful not to bring up. But to prattle on describing them would be to defeat the point. They weren't the news; the austere grace was" This dress is one of the best examples of that 'austere grace' that Phelps describes above. It was also the closing look of the show with an added white collar and cuffs for styling. Last looks are always a shoe-in as a collectors piece as they are the look the designers wished to leave with us that final impression of the show. And what a piece to have an impression of.
The dress has this fabulous almost stark and severe feel with is simple cut and black fabric. You are fully covered and this makes it feel so refined and elegant. The dress is made from a black cotton and silk mix that has a slight coated sheen feel to it. This fabric choice keeps it light in weight but still has enough structure to hold its shape. The cut is minimalist with a high neck with a small and neat collar. The bodice is cut to skim over you and the shoulders extend out to the sleeves with no seam there. This takes a lot more fabric to execute and is a detail that you rarely see in modern clothing. The sleeves are long and just slightly taper down to the wrist. There is a hidden set button at the end of each sleeve and I love how this button is set towards the inner lining so the line of the sleeve is unbroken. The waist is brought in slightly with vertical seaming and then skirt falls under that to its original uncut supermodel length. All of the seaming on the dress is vertical and the width of the skirt that you see is achieved by adding an inverted pleat down the center of the skirt. The panels within this pleat are the same width as the ones that circle the skirt and it is all cut exactly and precisely so that the skirt balances and falls perfectly. At the back the hem curves down and is cut a few inches longer then it is at the front. This gives it this pretty and graceful curve from the side and also adds the sense of sweeping skirts as you walk away. The dress is fabulous on the body and and it is beautifully finished. I have included runway photos and also shots of myself wearing the one I had in the shop previously so that you can see how amazing it is on the body. We also found runway footage that gives you a better idea of how that stunning skirt moves once on. The dress appears to have never been worn or worn very little if at all. It's perfect. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a fine black silk throughout and has a hidden set zipper at the back. Each cuff buttons to close with hidden buttons. Tagged a Valentino 42. It appears to have never been worn. There are hidden buttonholes inside the collar and cuffs to be able to button in the collar and cuffs that you see on the runway photos that were sold separately. With those button holes there you could get ones made in any color or style you wished to really change the look of the dress.
Sleeves: approx 22"
Shoulders: no true defined seams
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61" from neck to front hem, 65" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) F/W 2013 Valentino Runway Finale Look. Model: Maud Welzen. / (2-6) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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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