Prettiest Fall 2004 Prada Runway & Ad Campaign Print Silk Chiffon Dress w Beaded Detailing

This dress is a version that was made for the shops, and seems to best be derived from the combination of Look 45 and the print of Look 53 from the runway. This same scenic print on the skirt version also appeared in the ad campaign that year. The reviews for this season were stellar. said of this collection: "Audiences always arrive at Prada shows tingling with anticipation, braced for Miuccia Prada's next departure from the last season's plot. This time, she confounded expectation again, not by taking off in a new direction, but by developing the cache of ideas layered into her spring collection. "It was a dream of extreme romanticism," she said. "The idea of eighteenth-century painting, with video games. A romanticism between past and future."

Pieces from this collection sold out worldwide and were wait-listed everywhere. It was an incredible testament to her ability to take elements from the past and make it feel fresh. This dress is particularly beautiful in my opinion. It is made out of feather light silk chiffon and then has that magnificent soft painted scene screened onto the surface. The silk has a touch of texture to it which adds to its vintage flare. The dress is sleeveless and simply ties in the back above an open keyhole. A 5" wide panel runs down the full front of the dress and it has been top-stiched and finished with vertical  pleats. This adds a wonderful high detailing that gives a layered effect to the print feeling the dress has. It skims over the bust and waist with a slightly more an easy and generous feel. Under that the skirt flares out and there is two added 10 inch panels that create a ruffle around the inner lining of the dress to help hold the shape of the skirt that she desired it to have. The final finishing touch is the extensive bead work done around the neckline and applied onto a black silk chiffon base. It combines tiny black glass tube beads with beads of different sizes and shapes, along with prongs set black rhinestones. This bead work was a signature look of the collection. This is an easy dress to wear and has a chic and easy feel to it that I absolutely love. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a brown silk and closes with a hidden set side zipper and a tie at the back of the neck as shown. Tagged a modern Prada 40

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14.5" from top of shoulder to waist
Total Length: 40" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4752

Reference Photos/Video: (1-2) Fall 2004 Prada, Look 45.  /  (3) Fall 2004 Prada, Look 53.  /  (4) Karen Elson for the Fall 2004 Prada Ad Campaign by Steven Meisel.

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