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Prettiest Resort 2009 Christian Dior by John Galliano Runway Look 9 Ivory Silk Gazaar Baby Doll Dress

John Galliano was moved from Givenchy to Christian Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. This dress is from the Resort 2009 collection and it is the twin of the piece that walked the runway. The runway pieces that season where based lightly on Poiret and the Paris of the past and for production there was a group of more refined and elegant pieces like this wonderful dress. You so often see how John translated his over the top runway collections into elegant, wearable and yet still glamorous pieces like this dress but this one is the twin of the actual runway dress and it is infinitely wearable. The look was worn by Chanel Iman on the runway and it is gorgeous. The Vogue report on the collection noted that: "Galliano has been mining the good old U.S. of A. for raw material from which to spin his dreams....grandes dames like Barbara Hutton, Millicent Rogers, and Nan Kempner—women who weren't afraid to make a bold sartorial statement, one that preferably involved a whopping piece of jewelry. From a shimmering backdrop that conjured a Tony Duquette garden, there emerged a full wardrobe for their modern-day counterparts in Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, and Dallas.... What this season is really about is not so much breaking the mold as delivering a vision of the good life—and Galliano can do that in spades."

This is a very easy and wearable piece by John and I love that its soft and romantic lines could easily play double duty and make a great bridal piece for the bride not looking for something traditional, a court ceremony dress or as a dress for an event surrounding the ceremony. The dress flounces over the body and is easy to wear and still flattering. It is made of three tiers of a light weight silk gazaar that opens up and widens out as it travels over you. The neckline is cut wide across the shoulders and an ruffle in the same fabric adds a pretty face framing touch. At the back this ruffle continues down, curving over the shoulders and highlight the deep V at the back. Each of the tiers under that have that same ruffle treatment and I love that they are all set on a bit of a downward curve. This is a clever way to add length and shape so the dress does not sit on you like a sack. It is insanely pretty without being juvenile and the dreamy ivory has the perfect amount of romance and softness to it. The silk is light as a feather and yet has enough structure to hold the shape so it does not collapse around you once you move. It looks remarkably simple yet is genius in its execution. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in fine white silk and closes with a hidden set side zipper. The ruffle that runs over where the zipper is set snaps to close with hidden set clear snaps. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Tagged a FR 36, GB 8, I 40, USA 4. The easy cut should work on a range of sizes.

Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39.5" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4056

Reference Photos: Resort 2009 Dior Runway, Look 9. Model: Chanel Iman.

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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