Important Fall 2009 John Galliano “Beautifully Iced Maidens” Beaded Net Pale Blue Grey Dress
This is an extraordinary dress from an extraordinary show. The show was themed based on a heady combination of Russian and Balkan Fantasy. It was opulent and excessive and thoroughly Galliano in nature. John had done extensive research in the archives of the Benaki Museum and had delved into the eighteenth and nineteenth century folk dress and textile collection from the Balkan/Ottoman empire. The models walked in a laser light filled tunnel that created the illusion of snow falling on the models. The pieces were made in the Paris atelier and the beadwork was done by Lesage. The amount of detailing was to Haute Couture standards, an extraordinary fact given that this was a RTW runway show. The show closed with seven "Ukranian Ice Princeses" wearing transparent dresses that trailed behind the and with head wrapping and high fantasy makeup done by Pat McGrath. This is one of those dresses and is perhaps the most photoed and recognizable of the seven.
My client is the original owner and bought this in Paris. It is the twin of the dress on the runway except it is lined and I feel that they made certain elements on it a touch more substantial so that it would hold up to being worn. On the ruway the dresses where just the single layer of tulle and very delicate and fragile. and not under the bright runway lights so the colour feels deeper then the runways shots. It is so beautiful it almost makes you cry to look at it. It is made out of a fine netting that is cut on the bias and is in its original supermodel length. The colour is a kind of dusky pale grey with a touch of pale blue to it. It is cut to skim over the bust with tulle rolled and gathered across the scooped front. The neckline is cut wide and sits almost shoulder to shoulder. I love how the waist is cut on to curve up in that beautiful graceful line. The sleeves are a work of art on their own. Each is incredibly full and puts out over the buttons cuffs. They are cut long so once on they fall in a decadent drop that you can see in some of the runway photos. The dress skims over the hips and is cut to follow your curves. It flares out as it nears the bottom and is incredibly long. At the back it trails out behind you. At the back is is cut into a low V that plunges right to the was it. The transparency of the tulle allows you to see every perfectly cut seam and dart and they become a design element in themselves. The final perfect finish is of course the beadwork. A dense application of tiny silver tube beads is done all the way down the front of the skirt and also all the way down the length of the back. I have taken several close ups so that you can see how beautifully the work has been done. This is a once in a life time find. It would make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration and of course it would work for any red carpet event or gala. It was never worn and still looks new. Excellent condition
Lined through the body on a bias cut every silk. It closes with as tries of net covered buttons and loops down the side of the dress. Each cuff buttons with 6 net covered buttons. Tagged a FR42. It is cut on the bias so the comfortable range of measurements while lying flat is below. The length will come up a touch once on an actual body
Slightly inset shoulders: "
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 69" from top of the shoulder to the front hem, 79" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos/Video: (1-9) Fall 2009 John Galliano Runway. Look 26 worn by Magdalena Frackowiak. / (10) From the book "Galliano: Spectacular Fashion" by Kerry Taylor. / (11) From the book "John Galliano: Unseen" by Robert Fairer.
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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