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Pre-Fall 2013 Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Coral Red Silk Strapless Dress w Tulle Detailing

This stunning dress is the twin of the one that Jessica Chastain wore on the red carpet for the 2013 SAG awards. She looked incredible in it and I love that we have reference photos of her so you can see how spectacular this dress is on the body. The dress is from Sarah's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. In the presentation Sarah showed it belted which you could easily emulate but I do love how Jessica wore it on the red carpet without. Sarah Burton has just recently announced her departure from the McQueen label and it is a joy to have such a well documented piece of her work with an amazing red carpet provenance behind it. The dress is stunning.

The dress is made out of a deep coral red silk and is cut with an almost sculptural line. The bodice is strapless and it is shaped to curve over the body to create an hour-glass shape. There are added panels of a silk tulle added to the bodice that have been dyed to the exact same colour. These sit underneath silk panels that are crossed and shaped over the bust to give the dress a bit of an Old Hollywood 1950s feel. It curves around the bust and then vertical seams angle down to the seam around the waist at the front. The waist is nipped in and then more seams angle back out and around the hips to create a very classic and signature McQueen type of seaming. The hips are rounded and slightly exaggerated for shape. At the back of the bodice there is another inset panel whose seams continue down the full length of the dress. I love the gold toned exposed zipper at the back that almost feels like a piece of jewelry. The dress skims over the hips and then flares out as it reaches the hem for one final beautiful curve. There is extra fabric set into the back and sides of the skirt and these flare out to create a stunning shape. The back skirt is cut a touch longer then the front skirt for a slight trained effect. No matter what angle you see this dress from there is an interesting angle, curve or flare to show all of your curves off beautifully. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition with a teeny note below 

Fully lined in a matching coral silk and closes with a back set zipper. Built in inner corset that is lightly boned and cupped. I see a tiny pinhead faded spot near the back zipper and if I am being picky a touch of grubbiness along the edge of the hem here and there. Tagged a McQueen 46

Bust: 17-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9.5" from top of the bodice to waist
Skirt" 45" from the waist to front hem and 47.5" to the back hem.

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4430

Reference Photos/Video: (1) Pre-Fall 2013 Alexander McQueen. Model Esther Heesch.  /  (2) Jessica Chastain in McQueen at the 2013 SAG Awards.

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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