john galliano

Incredible Spring 2007 John Galliano Strapless Black Lace Dress w Peak Bodice & Intricate Seaming

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 glamourous 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 Spring 2007 and it is gorgeous. I love that we found a reference photo of a shorter silver version on Drew Barrymore and a video where she notes that the dress was custom made for her. A printed version was also worn by her in the cover of Paris Vogue which makes me wonder if this was also one that was made in only limited quantities. And having those photos gives you an idea of the insane cut of the dress. This one in its full length is even more glamorous I think and It is a really beautiful dress.

The dress is strapless and cut to follow and skim over the body. Shaped inner cups sit over on each breast and have underwire built in underneath them for a lift. It skims from there over the waist and hips. The shape is created by amazing seam work that pieces the dress together to create that hourglass shape that you see. I took some shots to show you the amount f seaming that has gone into the dress and you will see it even mote in person. The top edge of the dress is amazing. It has fabric panels that pick up and above the sweetheart neckline. panels that pick up and above the sweetheart neckline. On each side there are three. These are set in pleated angles, so that one sits a little more up, and the other one has a bit more of a 3-D effect as it falls over the top of the bust. These add this gorgeous old Hollywood heel to the dress. Horizontal, pleading on one side and a curved vertical seam that separates the other side gives the bus a slight asymmetrical feel. Those vertical seams wrap all the way around the back to the zipper, which is also set slightly offside and creates a bit of a dip at the back. A bit of the underlying inner silk satin bodice peaks out above that dip at the back to give the feel of seeing the corset underneath.Those vertical seams wrap all the way around the back to the zipper, which is also set slightly offside and creates a bit of a dip at the back. A bit of the underlying inner silk satin bodice peaks out above that dip at the back to give the feel of seeing the corset underneath. It comes in at the waist and then more of that fantastic seaming allows it to curve around the hips, come in slightly around the knee and then the bottom skirt flares back out. That phenomenal seaming on the skirt opens into pleats off to one side at the lower portion of the skirt at the front and then does the same thing at the back so you get a flare and kick of fabric when you move. The dress is completely covered in a black lace, The dress is completely covered in a black lace and the fabric underneath has a subtle silver thread work through it that you just barely see through the lace. It is a fantastic dress and is even better on. Excellent condition

There is an inner cupped and shaped bodice made of black silk satin that is lightly boned and has underwired formed cups. The rest of the dress is lined in a black silk. The inner corset closes with hook and eye and then the dress closes over that with hidden set offset zipper at the back that follows a seam. Tagged a vintage Galliano FR42 GB14 US8

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A-B cup
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to waist
Length: 42" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4485

Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Drew Barrymore at the London Premiere of Music and Lyrics, February 2007.  /  (5) Drew Barrymore in Galliano for Vogue Paris, December 2006.

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