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Incredible Fall 2006 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Silk & Silk Net Dress W Beaded Detailing

During John Galliano's years from 1996-2011 at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing bias cut and glamorous dresses in the house's history. His work often has a feeling of the decadence and abandonment of the twenties and thirties with their beautiful cuts. They marry Old Hollywood with the minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and the results are stunning. This is an amazing example of his work from Fall 2006 and it is gorgeous. Look 7 from the runway had similar bead work on the skirt and I have included that here for you to see. This version was made for the shops and like all more elaborate bead work would have only been released in limited quantities. It is a wonderful piece of his history and it is a really beautiful dress.

This striking and beautiful dress is so reminiscent of a twenties piece and I love that. The dress made from three layers that are all attached at the top of the shoulder and then float over each other. The innermost layer is a light weight black silk chiffon and then there is a layer of black silk tulle over that. The very top layer is a combination of silk netting and a black silk lace. The outer layer is pieced together in the most beautiful way with the lace placed at the top of the bodice and then again around the hem. The dress has a very loose and easy cut that picks up on a twenties feel. It skims over the body in a touch of a tubular shape without being overly tight anywhere. The bodice dips into a V at the front and it does the same at the back. The lace is set into the netting underneath in a pretty little curving scalloped design. I love how the edge of the neckline and the openings for the arms have the lace set so that the edges of the pattern adds a pretty detail. The lace around the hem is set in the same way. The way it is seamed gives it its slightly more generous cut through the body. Onto the skirt, starting just under the hip on one side, is a beautiful design that combines metal strands, tiny seed beads, larger tube beads and prong set crystal rhinestones. These are all set by hand and you can see that on the back as I have photoed here. These trail down the side and across the front of the hem as well as partway around the back hem. A tiny little slit sits on one side of the hem near the bead work and he has gathered it up with a stitch, which gives the hem a bit of an asymmetrical feel. I find that with almost all of John's work there is some small touch of something asymmetrical on the piece and this one is no exception. It is truly a special and beautiful example of his work. Excellent condition 

The inner silk chiffon and middle tulle layer act as the lining underneath the top layer. The middle tulle layer has hidden set snaps down one side but the inner silk layer and top layer have no closures so that inner detail is more for design then functionality. You just slip it over the head to where. Tagged a F38 GB10 IT42 US6. 

Bust: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total Length: 59" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4754

Reference Photo: Fall 2006 Christian Dior, Look 7. Model Doutzen Kroes.

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