Iconic Spring 2015 Valentino Printed Tiered Runway Dress by Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pier Paolo Piccioli
The twin of this dress was Look 14 on the Spring 2015 runway and it may have been the most photographed dress of the collection. In 2015 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. In the Vogue review for this collection they said: 'The collection was poetic, graceful, and beautiful.' They noted that 'Chiuri and Piccioli touched on many of Italy's patrimonies, from its antiquities all the way down to its kitsch. Centuries-old interiors—the country is cornice heaven—provided blueprints for a series of colorful dresses printed with vivid flowers and arabesque forms. Another group of dresses was patchworked from what could've been souvenir scarves.' This is obviously one of those patchwork scarf dresses and it was one of the best of the show. It was endlessly photographed on countless celebrities and fashion people that season and we have included just some of those here for you to see. It is one of my favorite Valentino dresses ever and this one is in perfect condition.
The dress was an instant success and sold out worldwide. It has the added provenance of have been used for the Valentino ad campaign that season and it was featured in several editorials as well. We have included tons of reference photos for you here so you really can see how superb the dress is on.
I love this dress. It really is one of my favorite Valentino pieces and it instantly recognizable. When you add in that spectacular array of prints that cover the entire dress. It is just a joy. The dress is made from a fine and very light weight cotton that has almost no weight to it. It has a touch of transparency to it and this lightness of the fabric is the perfect weight to be able to wear this in warmer weather despite being covered. I love that Valentino goes the extra length to source and use such beautiful natural fabrics. It is part of what makes the exceptional quality of their pieces. The lightness of the cotton combined with the tiers in the skirt is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk, the fabric of the skirt catch the air and billow out around you. The entire dress has been finished to look like it was assembled from a variety of souvenir scarves as noted in the Vogue review above. There is a mad variety of colours and patterns that have been masterfully piece together to make the dress that you see. None of it should work yet not only works but it's brilliant. The neckline is set on a slight scoop and it skims over the bust under that to the slightly dropped seamed waist. The waist is left on the more loose and easy side rather then being tightly cinched in. The skirt falls from under there to the floor in a sweeping expanse of fabric. There are five tiers of ruffles created from piecing all those different prints and coloured patterns together to form each tier. Each tier gets wider as it reaches the hem so the skirt ends up to be quite full. The lightness of the fabric combined with this fullness allows it to sweep and float around you when you move. It is just beautiful. The sleeves are equally as wonderful. Each is a single layer of cotton and is cut straight. At the wrist there is a full ruffle cuff. I love it. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Lined through the bodice and skirt with a pale pink cotton. The dress closes with a hidden set zipper at the back. Tagged a Valentino 40. There is a slight bit of stress to the inner seams of the sleeves near the cuffs. Please see the photo after the label shot
Sleeves: 23.5" long and 12" around the widest part of the upper arm
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Slightly dropped waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to slightly dropped waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos/Video: (1-5) Spring 2015 Valentino Runway, Look 14. Model Adrienne Jüliger. / (6) Spring 2015 Valentino Ad Campaign Photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth. / (7) Anna Ewers photographed by Daniel Jackson for Vogue UK, February 2015. / (8) Photographed by Mackenzie Stroh for The Wall Street Journal, February 2015. / (9) Photographed by Christian Oita for Cosmopolitan Germany May 2015. / (10) Josefien Rodermans for Madame Germany July 2015. / (11) Spring 2015 Valentino LookBook for Neiman Marcus. / (12) Poppy Delevingne in Valentino for The opening night of Tiffany & Co.’s “Fifth and 57th” exhibition at The Old Selfridges Hotel in London, July 2015. / (13) Poppy Delevingne photographed for W Magazine, 2015. / (14-15) Anna Dello Russo in Valentino during A/W Paris Fashion Week, 2015.
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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