Incredible Resort 2015 Valentino One Shoulder Ivory Caped Sleeve Silk Crepe Dress
A full shoulder version of this dress in black was shown as Look 78 for the 2015 Resort presentation. This was a piece that was produced in limited quantities for retail and I love this chic ivory version. In 2015 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. In the Vogue review for this collection they said: "Monastic, artistocratic, modest, and even prim have been terms applied to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's Valentino almost since they took over in 2009." In this particular collection the pair definitely ventured off into colour and print. Most of the looks in the show followed that more exuberant feel but the black two shoulder caped dress was one that maintained their more simple approach. For retail production it was also made in this ivory version that had one one single shoulder. I'll absolutely love this dress. In addition to runway photo I have included a photo of Louise Camuto in a red version that she wore to the Valentino Gala that year so you can see how it looks on the body.
The dress does not have a single unnecessary seam. It really shows how sometimes absolute minimalism is best. Even with its simplicity it would still be a dress that is red carpet worthy or would make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any other event too. The dress is made from an ivory silk crepe that has a beautiful drape. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. It is constructed so that it drapes and skims over the body perfectly. The skirt falls to the floor in a sweeping expanse of fabric. When you stand still it looks more like a sleek column but when you move you realize how much fabric is in there as it billows out behind you. The bodice drapes softly over you at the front. One arm is left bare for a bit of an expanse of skin to show. I love how the neckline curves up on an angle to the other shoulder. The shoulder that is covered is down by having the back panel of fabric wrap around from the back to the front of the arm. It them falls to the floor to create this elegant and still dramatic caped feeling over your arm. It is very beautiful. Excellent condition
Fully lined in an soft ivory coloured silk and closes with a hidden set side zipper. Tagged a Valentino 46. A minor grubbiness to the hem and the occasional small pull in the fabric. I don't think it has ever been worn. These are more from being hung with the skirt dragging on the floor. Very minor and just mentioning for accuracy. It otherwise appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 60" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-XL
Reference Photos: (1) Resort 2015 Valentino Collection, Look 78. Model: Maartje Verhoef. / (2) Louise Camuto at the Valentino Gala, December 2015.
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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