Important Fall 1996 Tom Ford for Gucci KeyHole Gown w Gold G-string Belt
This is perhaps one of the most famous of all the Gucci dresses produced while Tom Ford headed the house. The white version of this one was worn by Georgina Grenville in the Gucci ad campaign of 1996 and the twin of this black version was worn by Tatjana Patitz for the Vogue Australia editorial 'The Lioness' in the May 1997 issue. It was wait-listed world wide and sold out everywhere as it was only produced in very limited quantities. To this day it is one of the most easily recognizable pieces created by Tom Ford from entire body of his work while at Gucci.
These were only ever produced in black or a white. Even when one of these come to market on the very rare occasion they do not always have their original gold metal G-string that sits under the dress and peeks perfectly through the keyhole on the hip. This one not only has that still, but the G-string is still in its original Gucci packaging. The dress is cut to fall in a beautiful sweeping column of slinky black jersey and skims over the body rather than hug your curves. The neckline is cut wide across and the sleeves are long and slim. The sexuality of the piece is in that glimpse of skin at the hip and the flash of gold against the span of bare skin. Carolyn Murphy wore this on the runway with nothing under it but that G-string that its curved gold metal plate and it brought down the house. It is incredible and an extremely well documented piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black jersey rayon. Slips on to wear. Tagged a 40. The G-string that goes under the dress hooks to close on one side with a large lobster claw clasp. The G-string comes in its original Gucci packaging and has stretch and is made to fit the corresponding size to the dress. There is the tinsel of fraying around the seams on it. The dress appears to have been worn very little if at all. The fabric has some stretch.
Bust: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 59.5" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) F/W 1996 Runway Collection. / (2) Vogue Australia, May 1997. / (3) Gucci ad campaign, 1996.
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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