F/W 2007 Jean Paul Gaultier Baroque Strapless Silk Dress
An astonishingly chic and fabulous dress by Jean Paul Gaultier. When I attended the opening of his exhibit in San Francisco I spotted a dress from this same collection being showcased there (the same exhibit that is now making its way around thew world to much acclaim!) On the runway, this same print was featured in the F/W runway presentation - I have included the photo of look 35 for your reference.
The fabric is amazing - angels, cherubs, stars and Baroque beauties cavort across it within medallions of vines and flowers. It is fitted to the body with a strapless bodice and the skirt is slightly sculpted and rounded. The back is amazing - a lace panel sits above the waist and one of the scenes has been hand cut and appliqued onto it creating a picturesque frame. The zipper is masterfully hidden under a side seam so it looks like there is no zipper to interrupt this design detail. It has an extreme couture like sculptural feel and the fabric used is a high quality silk brocade. I love the little slanted pockets that sit on each hip just begging for the wearer to slip her hands into and strike a runway worthy pose. It is a masterpiece. Excellent condition and appears to have never been worn.
Fully lined in a rich, heavy weight silk through the skirt and silk net & silk through the bodice. It closes with a hidden zipper at the back that runs under the side seam. It is boned through the bodice and has hand finished cups set inside of the bust. The pockets on each hip are lined in silk. Note that some of the photos have a slight yellow reflection to it - the dress is a subtle silver grey - the color in the photos in a reflection from the light only. It is flawless.
Bust: 15.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 19" from top of bust to waist
Skirt: 25" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML
Runway reference photo credit: style.com
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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