Iconic & Rare Spring 2001 Chloe by Stella McCartney Look 11 Runway Horse Print Dress
Stella McCartney started at Chloe in the Spring of 1998 and forever changed the brand. She was intrumental in reviving the Chloe name and her years there produced some of the most iconic looks of the brand's history. This dress is the twin of the one that walked the runway for the Spring of 2001. Vogue's review of the collection said in part; 'VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Designer of the Year 2000 Stella McCartney certainly did not disappoint her legions of fabulous young fans who rely on Chloé for the season’s hot new trends. But this season, in addition to delivering sexy new T-shirts and plunging bathing suits (with playful pineapple motifs), McCartney explored grown-up territory. Perhaps drawing inspiration from Schiaparelli’s inventive chic, McCartney worked graphic horse prints (borrowed from Stubbs and Géricault) into loosely structured diagonal-seam dresses and beautiful jackets with a softly draped triangle shoulder.... This was a very strong collection for McCartney, and one that confirms her considerable talent and potential as a major designer.' We all know in hindsight how true those words were. The horse print pieces from this collection are some of the rarest and hardest to find and this is a piece that will only increase in value and get more important as time goes by.
This dress is especially interesting as it is an impoertnat part of modern pop culture too. In the show Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, wears it as as a coat. Stylist Patricia Fields paired it with a tulle petticoat underneath and left Carrie's nude bra exposed. In 2001 this was almost scandalous and it shows you the strength of amazing styling and how pieces can play double duty under the right eye. When worn as a dress it is a very sexy piece. The silk has a bit of a crepe texture to it and there is a touch of transparency to the fabric. To wear it you simply slip it on and it wraps over you at the front and secures at the waist by two tiny little buttons and loops. This leaves it plunged right to the waist at the front. The skirt part wraps over itself right across the front to make it safe and secure to wear without it opening on you. I am obsessed with the sleeves and how they have a poufed fuller area at the top of each shoulder. They then narrow down to the wrist. The runway version was shown with a belt and you could easily switch up the look by adding one of your own. The print is her now iconic horse print and it runs over the entire dress to make it instantly recognizable as being from this Chloe collection. It is fantastic. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with buttons at the waist. You could easily adjust the waist measurement if needed by moving the buttons. Tagged a Chloe 36 and has a slightly generous cut. It should fit a range of sizes
Slighty inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: Spring 2001 Chloe Runway Collection, Look 11. Model: Colette Pechekhonova.
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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