Incredible Spring 2006 Christian Dior by John Galliano Textured Ivory Silk Hourglass Dress
John Galliano was moved from Givenchy to Christian Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. This dress is from the Spring 2006 collection and was a piece that would have been produced in limited quantities. It has a definite wedding feel to it and it would make an exceptional wedding dress or a dress for an event in an extended wedding celebration. The dress was never worn and still has its original little sealed miniature Dior bag attached with extra fabric inside. It is like getting something out of a time capsule and could not be closer to doing that then if you could go back and buy it off the rack new.
This is a stunning Dior dress and it is even better in person and on an actual body. As with many Galliano piece this dress is entirely cut on the bias and it is meant to be on an actual body and not a mere dress form. As good as it looks here it only really comes to life once on. The dress is made from a creamy ivory champagne coloured silk satin that has a texture worked into the fabric that helps it to catch the light and give it a slight shimmer feel. It is very beautiful. The fabric and the way it is cut and draped allow it to hug the body but without being tight. It skims over you and definitely highlights every curve yet is very comfortable and easy to move in. The dress has a wide V plunging front and it has that same plunge effect at the back. There is a slightly off set ribbon of fabric that runs down the center and past the waist and all of the fabric is gathered into that in soft folds. This is what gives the dress its hourglass shape and it is incredible to see in person. The waist is cut on the bias and while there is a seam at the waist is it not super cinched in as it sits slightly low. If you wanted it to be very fitted it would be easy to alter it to fit you perfectly. At the base of that front vertical ribbon there is a flat double bow and underneath that he has added panels of fabric that give the dress this pretty volume on the one side. The panel opens up and expands out to be very full. At the back he has set another flat bow low at the center and this also expands out underneath with panels of fabric to give you a trained feel. The skirt has yards and yards of fabric in it and I love that the way that he has used those panels highlights the insane hourglass feel the dress gives you. It is a beautiful and glamorous dress that is red carpet worthy and 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 big event. Excellent condition
The dress is fully lined in a second layer of the same silk. It closes with a hidden set zipper at the back. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little as described above. Tagged a US10 FR42 IT46 but Dior always cut small. With the cut and extra fabric the inner skirt would give you I feel like this one could possibly be altered up or down at least one size if not more.
Shoulders: no true seams
Bust: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from top of bodice to slightly dropped waist seam
Skirt: 46" from waist to front hem, 52" to longest point of the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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