Incredible Spring 2017 Valentino by Pierpaolo Piccioli Pink Silk Chiffon Dress w Caped Detail

This is not a dress that walked the runway that season, but it is a dress that was worn on the red carpet. At times Valentino will produce pieces for retail or limited production that were not necessarily shown in the runway show. The twin of this dress was worn by Matilde Gioli  to the Venice Film Festival that year and you can see just how gorgeous it is on the body from the photo of her wearing it. This season of Valentino is a special one because it was the first solo show for Pierpaolo Piccioli. That makes the more special pieces like this a little more significant and collectable in terms of the history of the label. I also think it is a dress where you can really start to see his signature look for the house in terms of volume and use of shape. It is an absolutely stunningly beautiful dress and shows the near couture quality that even ready-to-wear has with the modern Valentina label.

This is a thoroughly Valentino feeling dress. It is absolutely beautiful and really showcases how Pierpaolo is able to take something and give it such a romantic feel while still keeping the elegance of a piece. The dress is made from layers of a fine light weight silk chiffon in the prettiest possible pale pink. Think scarf weight. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk the fabric of the skirt and that fantastic upper caped bodice catch the air and billow out around you. The front is cut high and gathered into a pretty ruffle that wraps around the neck. The inner bodice angles down the sides and is scooped around to the back which leaves the entire upper back bare. Extending out from the neckline and the front of the bust are two layers of chiffon that drape to fall over your arms and then curve around the back to create that beautiful half cape that you see. This is all held in place with a little button and loop at the back of the neck above a keyhole. The gathers around the neck at the front create a pretty detailing over the bodice all the way down to the waist seam. The fabric is gathered into that seam and then the skirt sweeps and falls to the floor. The skirt is made from two layers of silk that are stacked on top of each other with the inner layer being a touch of a shade darker pink for a little bit of added depth of colour. The skirt is all bias cut and has an amazing amount of fabric in it so that when you move it floats and moves beautifully around you. You can see the amount of fabric just by the way it falls in the photos. The precision in cut to have this all fall and move so beautifully should not be underestimated. It is an utterly beautiful dress and will take your breath away in person. It has all its original tags attached and looks to have been worn very little if at all. It might even make an amazing dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. Excellent condition

Fully lined in pink silk chiffon and closes with a low back zipper and hook and eye at the waist. The back neck closes with a button and loop. Tag a Valentino 42. Has its original labels and its original packet with an extra button for the neck.

Bust: no true side seams but covers to 16" flat across the front from side to side 
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 13.5" from top of neck to waist
Total length: 65" from waist to front hem, 70" to the back hem 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4549

Reference Photo: Matilde Gioli in Valentino at the Venice Film Festival, 2016.

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