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Mid-2000s Christian Dior by John Galliano Metallic Eyelash Lame Bias Cut Silk Chiffon Dress

John Galliano went from Givenchy to Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. During John Galliano's years at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing bias cut dresses in the house's history. His work, especially the bias cut pieces that he did, have a feeling of the decadence and abandonment of the twenties and they are beautifully cut. 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 the Boutique line and it is gorgeous. It is so classically Galliano for Dior in its shape and cut. It is a real beauty.

This dress is made from a black silk chiffon that is cut completely on the bias. It is very beautiful. Parts of the design use have just the black silk chiffon on its own and then the majority of the dress has a fused layer of a metallic eyelash lame set on top of the chiffon.  This bit of a metallic glint is insanely fabulous and it gives the dress a liquid feel as it drapes over the body. The signature bias cut that he often did allows the dress to skim and drape over the you so that is shows every curve but is not overly fitted. The seaming is highly reminiscent of the work you see from the twenties and thirties which became another of John's signatures. The fabric has been pieced together and laid out to form the bodice and then low dropped angled panels that create the various parts of the pattern that you see. One side can be worn slightly off the shoulder and the back dips into a bit of a V. Set along the seams are ruffles made out of the unadorned silk and I love how this highlights the lines of the dress. The dress is suspended from wide straps that curve over each shoulder dropping down on one side as mentioned. The bodice is simple and soft with dropped seams. It glides over the body and then flares out as it reaches the hem. The widening of the hem is created by the way angled silk chiffon panels are inset all the way around. It is an incredible feat of patterning. The skirt falls longer on the side opposite tot he dropped shoulder. On the same side as the shoulder is a high cut slit that runs up the side to add to the movement of the skirt. This also gives you a flash of leg when you sit or move. A row of tightly spaced buttons run up high on one side. The dress is even better in person and on the body as the static photos cannot fully convey how a bias cut dress moves. They only truly come to life when worn. It is an incredible example of his work and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk chiffon and both layers are cut on the bias. It slips on to wear with a row of tightly spaced buttons at the side. The bias cut does allow some give in measurements. The length might come up when on depending on the size of the girl underneath since it is cut on the bias. The measurements given below are the comfortable stretch of the fabric laying flat.

Bust: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to hem
Slit: 24" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-SML

Item# DD4228

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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