Incredible 2006-2007 Roberto Cavalli Black Silk Extreme Plunge Dress w Trained Silk Chiffon Skirts
This Roberto Cavalli dress is from 2007 and is gorgeous. It has an interesting backstory to it. The dress comes to me from the closet of a former stylist and she was part of the team that worked on the Bulgari ads that season that featured Kate Moss. She told me that they made and brought to set 6 dress options for the campaign shoot and that this is one of them. It was not one that was ultimately chosen, though it certainly could have been. It is incredible. It was never worn outside of being tried on that day and still has its original hang tag. She believes it was a one-off. We did find a similar dress from the Spring 2006 that this one is obviously based off of. This one has a bit more structure to it and would be more secure on the body but I have included that reference photo here so that you can see it on the body. Victoria Beckham wore that version that year as well. It is an exceptional and extremely beautiful dress. I personally love this black version more.
The dress is made from a black silk chiffon with an inner body suit built into the dress to keep it in place once it is on the body. The dress is very sexy and shows off a lot of skin but in the best possible way. The silk chiffon that was chosen as the fabric is very lightweight. Once it is on it feels almost weightless. It is cut on the bias so once you slip it on the seaming and bias cut drape the dress over you and it feels like you are wearing nothing. The bodice is made up of two curving triangles that are set so that they plunge right to the waist. The interior of the front halter is all backed and structured so that they stay in place and give you shape. A panel of black lingerie netting extends out from each side and curves and narrow sot the back for extra support and shaping. The silk is gathered over the halter in soft gathers and then this ends at the center of a crossed knot of fabric at the waist. These then wrap around you and secure at the back and the bottom parts of the gathered fabric are attached and a part of the dress that works its way over the top of your hips. Everything about this dress is done deliberately to give you curves. It is suspended by small clear plastic straps that curve of the shoulders and cross at the back This gives the illusion from a distance that the dress is somehow magically suspended over the body. These curve up and over each shoulder and then cross over themselves at the back. The rest of the back is left completely bare and open and at the front it plunges insanely low to right above that front knot detail. Inside the bottom extends out to a body suit made from black lingerie netting and snaps into place. The skirt flows out from under that and is spectacular in its own right. It is cut so that the hem curves around with the front cut into a high slit. The second you move or sit you get a glimpse of leg almost to the upper thigh as a result. There are yards and yards of silk chiffon in the skirt and it extends out at the back to form a train behind you. It is only one single layer so the entire skirt has a touch of transparency to it. This gives the skirt incredible fullness and movement. When you are standing still you still get the feeling of fullness but when you move this construction technique allows the skirt to billow out around you. The fabric is so light and airy that when you walk it creates this incredible floating sensation. As good as it looks here it only really comes to life once on. The dress is in its original supermodel uncut length. It appears to have never been worn and still has its original hang tag attached. Excellent condition
The halter is fully lined in a black chiffon and black silk. It has built in cups and boning. The dress closes with a hidden side set zipper. The waist detail and inner body suit both hook to close. Tagged a modern Cavalli 40. The fabric has stretch so should fit a range of sizes. There is one tiny repair in the skirt. Please see the photo after the label shot
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 67" from shoulders to shortest point at the front hem, 92" to the longest point of the back hem
Front slit: 31" from the shortest point at the front hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Kate Moss, in Roberto Cavalli, for the Bvlgari Spring 2007 Ad Campaign. / (2-7) Desi Lydic, in this Roberto Cavalli dress, for the 74th Emmy Awards, September 2022.
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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