Minimalist Fall 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Sleek Ivory Silk Dress w Front Buttons
This is a beautiful dress from the Christian Dior label that showcases the restraint and elegance the best of the brands work has always displayed. I have had this exact dress in the shop before but in black and it is amazing how gorgeous the ivory version also is. 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 dresses in the house's history. His work is always beautifully cut and this one is no exception. It has that minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and it is stunning. This was a piece that was produced in limited quantities for retail. The main line runway pieces that season where based on his own couture work and then the actual production pieces included a group of more refined and elegant pieces like this one. It is always interesting to see how John translated his over the top runway collections into elegant, wearable and yet still glamorous pieces. It is a beauty and really might just be a perfect cream coloured dress.
I love everything about this dress. The way the buttons are laid out onto it with that curved lined off-set down the front make it feel longer then it is. Everything about the cut is done to lengthen the girl wearing it and give her one long and beautiful line. The shoulders are slightly squared off, but not in an exaggerated way and they are not padded. The sleeves are long and simple. The body of the dress is cut to skim over you from shoulder to hem. The waist is brought in just a touch and this is done with vertical seaming so that there is no line to break the fabric across the waist. The skirt falls from there to the floor in a column widening out just a touch as it nears the hem. It buttons down the one side and the buttons are set on a slight curve that give the dress a respectful nod to the early days of the house and the work of Christian. All of the buttons are functional and the entire dress will completely open so you could wear this is a layered piece over other pieces if you wished. The dress doe not have a single unnecessary seam. It really shows how sometimes absolute minimalism is best. Even with its simplicity it would still be a dress that is red carpet worthy or 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 other event too. Excellent condition
Fully lined in an ivory silk and closes with the fabric covered buttons down the front. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Tagged a FR38 US6 IT42 GB10
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from neck to 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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