Incredible Fall 2021 Alaia Leather Cut Out Bustier Dress w Cage Back & Hammered Silk Skirt
This dress is brand new with tags and was the production piece sold for Fall 2021 at Net-A-Porter. This collection was the one prior to Pieter Mulier's first for the house and the Alaia team did a special Editions collections based on the houses' vast archives. Vogue noted that Caroline Fabre Bazin, the Heritage and Editions director, and Alaïa CEO Myriam Serrano decided to focus on pieces they saw as being “important for the house, important in the history of fashion, that also speak of technique and timelessness.” Every runway piece was dated and had its backstory. Those pieces were then translated for the fall ready-to-wear line of which this dress is from. I have included the reference photos from the show where you can how this dress came about. I love this all black version and it is in perfect condition with all its tags.
This stunning Alaia piece is a testament how much Alaia's team loved him and were able to perfectly execute a collection without him because they were all on the same page and shared his vision so perfectly. A rare achievement post the founders passing it seems. Instead of trying to go off the rails in direction they just gave him a beautiful homage to what he did best. This is a dress that is meant to show off your curves. The top is made out of a butter soft black leather that is shaped and seamed to cup the breasts at the front. Wide straps curve over the shoulders to become part of that front molded cup. It dips into a low V and the entire bust area is shaped for support. A wide leather strap extends out horizontally under that and then there is another one wrapped around the waist. These are separated and open between the straps and bodice as it wraps around you so that you get a glimpse of skin between them. These wrap around to the back where they create a caged effect over the shoulder straps that have continued from the shoulder all the way down to meet the waist. Everywhere else at the back has been left bare and open. Attached to that is a long narrow skirt that falls to the floor. The skirt is made out of one of inky black hammered silk. It has structure and a touch of weight to it so that it shapes and holds the body underneath. It is cut in one long lean line that narrows in slightly as it reaches the hem. This creates the most flattering line on you possible. A high slit at one side allows you to walk and shows a flash of leg when you move or sit. It is very sexy, very chic and very Alaia. It has all of its original tags and has never been worn. Excellent condition.
The skirt is lined in a satin finish black silk and the inner part of the bodice is the same ultra soft leather as the exterior. It closes with a hidden set low zipper and the straps buckle to close above that. Tagged a modern 34 with all original shop and hang tags still attached.
Bust: 14-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with A to small B cup
Waist: 11-12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 47.5" from waist to hem and the slit is 31.5" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photos: (1-3) Fall 2021 Alaia Presentation. Looks 5, 12 & 27. / (4) Net-a-porter image.
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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