Incredible Spring 2017 Valentino Pierpaolo Piccioli Runway Black Embroidered Net Dress
The twin of this dress was Look 60 of the Spring 2017 collection and it was a part of the closing series of evening looks for the show. This was the first solo show for Pierpaolo Piccioli which makes it a significant collection in 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. The show was a huge success. On the runway the dress was shown without any lining so that you could clearly see the body and bare legs underneath the tulle. For retail when it was produced, it was sold with a nude lining added. If you preferred the look of the runway it would be easy to have your seamstress remove the nude lining and set it aside to keep in case you wish to add it in again in the future. Whether you choose to wear it as it was produced for the shops, or go for the full on runway look, it is an absolutely stunningly beautiful dress and shows the near couture quality that even ready-to-wear has with the modern Valentina label.
I love this dress. It is basically an elaborate tulle piece that sits over an inner nude silk lining. This gives the illusion that you are completely bare underneath while still keeping the dress easily wearable. The sleeves are incredibly full and voluminous. Each is set wide into the top of the arm and poufs out above their button cuffs. I love the little embroidered detailing that sits on the outside of each cuff. The bodice is meant to skim over you and the neck is high. The front is covered with embroidered medallions that contrast off the nude lining underneath. The waist is detailed with ruching and seaming. It is gathered in and up towards the bodice to detail the waist area. The waist is cut wide and generous and the entire dress falls and widens out as it nears the floor. The skirt has yards and yards of tulle set in two separate layers over the inner nude lining. Another layer of tulle is attached to the actual lining so you get this wonderful texture and depth from all the layers stacked on top of each other. The volume of this dress is fantastic. It also makes it an easy dress to wear because it just slips over you and almost has a touch of a caftan feel once it is on the body. The back has a row of tightly spaced buttons down the back and then more of the embroidery work around them. That ruching from the front of the waist comes around and increases in width for added detail at the back. It is incredibly beautiful and the pictures do not convey how light and airy and wonderful it is in person. It feels like wearing a magical cloud of Valentino tulle. Pierpaulo is incredibly gifted and this dress really shows the extent of his talent. It was one of my favourite dresses at the show. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a nude silk and closes at the back with silk covered buttons and a hidden side zipper under that. Each cuff buttons to close. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Tagged a modern Valentino 46
Slightly inset shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Spring 2017 Valentino Collection, Look 60. Model Lexi Boling. / (4) Net-a-porter photos.
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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