Incredible 2007 Alexander McQueen Original Bias Cut Black Silk Satin Dress w Tie Belt
This is an incredible dress. I have had both this and its twin that was just worn by Elle Fanning to the Critics Choice after party for some time and I love them. The dress is identical in every way to the ivory except that this on is black with an ivory detailing and the one Elle wore was its mirrored opposite. This was a dress produced for the shops and to my knowledge was only made in these two colors, the ivory and black. This black one is a bit of a time capsule as it still has its original hang tags in place and was never worn. It is an incredible dress and being able to see just how beautifully it works on an actual body is just wonderful. I am obsessed with it.
The dress is gorgeous. It definitely takes inspiration from the bias cut couture pieces of the 20s and 30s. McQueen was a master tailor and the seam work and simplicity of this dress do not hide that fact. It is made from a beautifully weighted black silk satin that has that same liquid feel that the best of the 1930s pieces did that were made from this similar fabrics. Like those dresses of the thirties this is also cut on the bias but with a more shaped silhouette. I love that the fabric is heavy enough and that the dress is lined so that it will not highlight 'flaws' underneath like some bias cut pieces can. It is cut to flow over the body and skim its way over bust waist and hips to the floor. The neckline is set wide across the shoulders and has a soft and feminine drape. On the one shoulder there is an inset of ivory silk. There is actually an opening where that is inset so if you move a certain way you get a tiny flash of bare skin. Inside of the draped part of the neck line is more of the same ivory silk and again it is only when you move a certain way that you get an unexpected flash of that color. It skims over the bust and is brought in at the waist through seaming. The skirt flows over and hugs the hips and then flares out as it reaches the hem. At the back there is extra fabric worked around the center seam to give you a bit of a trailing feel behind you. This flaring out at the bottom and the extra bit at the back give you fabulous movement when you walk or move. It also adds to the hourglass shape the dress has. The sleeves are cut in the proper way of tailoring and are set on a slight curve to follow the shape of your arm. Running up each cuff are 10 tightly spaced silk covered button and loops. Each one is functional. The dress comes with its original tie belt made of a matching black silk. The belt has been cut extra extra long and widens out slightly as it nears each end. This lets you loop it around once and have the ends trail down, or you can wrap it and tie it anyway you wish for a wider more cinched in feel at the waist. The dress is spectacular. It is easy to wear and it's classic design means you can style it numerous ways. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk chiffon and closes with a hidden set side zipper. Ten functional buttons on each sleeve. Tagged a McQueen 40. The bias cut fabric does have some stretch. The measurements below give you the comfortable range the fabric has when lying flat. It has its original tags attached and was never worn. It is in its original supermodel length. The bias cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes
Shoulders: approx 15"
Bust: 16-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-17" flat across from side seam to side seam and can be cinched in by the belt
Hips: 16-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 64" from neck to front hem, 68" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: Elle Fanning in Alexander McQueen from the Shrimpton Couture Archives at the Critics Choice After Party, 2023.
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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