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Iconic Spring 2004 Chloe by Phoebe Philo Runway Look 18 Banana Print Dress Side Cuts Outs

This is perhaps one of the most iconic prints to ever come out of the years that Phoebe Philo headed Chloe. It is also a rare and early piece of Phoebe's history as a designer. Its twin was Look 18 on the runway and was worn by Frankie Rayner. The banana print was featured in several different pieces in this collection and it sold out and waitlisted world wide. Girls wore these to death but this one is pristine. At the time Phoebe said the collection was based off of 70s fashion magazines and told Vogue “I went through my mum’s old fashion magazines—she had a garageful, from when my parents were living in Paris in the late seventies. That’s when I was born," she said, "and I just thought the girls looked so gorgeous, fresh, and happy.”  However the banana print in particular had a different inspiration. It was stylist Bay Garnett who put Kate Moss in a vintage banana print top for a shoot the year before that caught Phoebe’s eye and it was that shot that became the main inspiration for Phoebe’s famous print. This is a must have piece for any serious Philo collector. 

The dress is made out of a fabric that has the feel of your favourite T shirt. It has lots of stretch so that it glides over the body to define every curve but not in a constrictive way. It is so easy to wear and so sexy. You just slip it over the head and slip on heels or flats and go. The print is that iconic banana print and all the edges are finished in a flat green piping in the same fabric. It is cut wide across the neckline so that it can be worn right to the edges of the shoulder. The sleeves go to about the elbow and then it glides over the body tot he hem. It is easy fitting through the body with just a suggestion of shape through the waist. On each side under the arm is an open cut out that suggests a racerback feel and leaves your side and part of the back bare. You can see in the runway clip of the show how much skin is exposed. It is just fantastic. This one looks like it was worn very little if at all. Excellent condition 

Unlined and slips in with no closures. The fabric does have stretch so should fit a range of sizes. The measurements below give you the comfortable range the fabric has when lying flat. Tagged a vintage Chloe Medium

Sleeves: 17"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: no true side seams because of the side cut outs but the front covers 13-16: flat across 
Waist: 13-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16.5-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 33" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4503

Reference Photos/Video: (1-2) Spring 2004 Chloe, Look 18. Model Frankie Rayder.  /  (3) Chloe Spring 2004 Ad Campaign.  /  (4) Kate Moss in a vintage banana print top styled by Bay Garnett 2003

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