Iconic Resort 2008 Prada Runway & Ad Campaign Silk Floral Couture Dress
This collection is still one of the most memorable that Miuccia has done to date and this particular dress was the stand out piece of the season. I remember drooling over it as it hung in all its $15,000 dollar glory at the Prada boutique and it is a true pleasure to have an example of it in the shop. The dress sold out world-wide shortly after being released in extremely limited quantities. It was featured heavily in the ad campaign for that season, was worn by Lily Allen and it graced the cover of the January British Vogue on Eva Green.
The dress is an amazing testament to the couture level construction techniques that the house of Prada employs in its runway pieces. The bust is fitted to the body and the construction is quite remarkable. It has a built in, boned corseting inside to hold the dress in place. It zips down the front and then a secondary out layer of the silk buttons over that. The top of the outer layer at the front folds back to reveal the upper part of the zipper for a more modern twist on the traditional corset. The waist is nipped in with the boning and gives you shape despite the tremendous volume of the skirts below. The skirt is a masterpieces - it is meticulously shaped with great swoops of fabric that are draped and then caught up over each hip. The silk all swoops and curves up to meet in a pleated point that sits on either side of the front zipper. Under these draped panniers is an inner skirt that is finished with a very wide ruffled hem for extra flounce. The skirt is extremely full and if you wished you could add extra crinolines underneath for a more defined bell shape. It is absolutely gorgeous and a true piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.
The corset is boned and made out of a semi sheer black silk organza. It has an inner waist stay and zips to close up the front. It has no size tag but I would guess that it is about a Prada 42 but of course check the measurements below. It appears to have been worn very little, if at all and is in mint condition.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam, with room for a solid B, maybe small C cup
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 35" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Resort 2008 Prada Collection, Final Look (Look 20). / (2-3) Prada Ad Campaign, Resort 2008. / (4) Eva Green in Prada for Vogue UK, January 2008. Photo by Patrick Demarchelier. / (5) Lily Allen at the National Portrait Gallery, February 2008.
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