Resort 2009 Gucci by Frida Giannini Runway Look 18 Silk Caftan Dress w Elaborate Shell Halter

The Resort 2009 show was all about the glam jet-setter mixed with a touch of the 1970s. Vogue's review of the show said; 'The clothes; the bouncing, center-parted hair; and the seventies vibe were all indivisible from Giannini's own style: a contemporary cherry-picking of casual-glam, jet-set dressing as caught in the flashbulbs of the paparazzi 30 years ago. She quoted Talitha Getty, Lee Radziwill, and Jane Birkin as direct inspiration: Getty for the long, flowy gypsy dresses; Radziwill for the neat banded coats; and Birkin for the teeny-tiny thigh-high smocks trimmed with broderie anglaise. Principally, though, it was a rendering of everything Giannini habitually plays with from the Gucci archive and makes her own—here in a palette of white, caramel, burnt orange, teal, and python. There were seashell scarf prints on chiffon... gold pendants with enamel scallops, and thick, silk cords' This was Look 18 in the show and it is spectacularly beautiful. The longer dresses from this show where all made in limited quantities. The dresses in this collection were some of the best that Frida did during her tenure at the house and it is gorgeous.

I love that we have the runway shots and the ones from the Look Book that year so that you can see just how spectacular this dress is on and moving. They also show you just how much silk went into this piece. It's amazing. The fabric is feather light so that your slightest movement causes the dresses to float and billow around you. It is made from a printed silk chiffon that combines shells and stripes across its surface. The bodice is made from the silk set horizontally and then it extends out into to extra long ties that tie at the back and allow you to adjust the fit. This creates this stunning curved line as it dips down at the back. The skirt is remarkable. It is in its original supermodel length and made out of two layers of silk. The top later is the printed one you see and then there is a solid blue layer under that. The skirt has many many yards of silk in it and it is constructed to have this incredible fullness and movement. The fabric is so light and fine that when you stand still it falls in a pretty column around you without adding bulk. You still get a hint of the fullness that it has but then when you move the many yards of fabric that is actually there allows the skirt to billow out around you. The fabric is so light and airy that when you walk it creates this incredible floating sensation. The finishing touch is that stupendous amulet at the front. Gold toned shells are mixed with crystals and beads. A thick black cord laces through it and then ties behind the neck. The ends are capped with a gold cap and then they can be attached with a metal clasp ball chain that you can style as you wish.As good as it looks here it only really comes to life once on. It is an incredibly beautiful dress and no matter how good it looks in the photos the sensation and tactile feeling of the fabric and lightness when you have it in hand is just phenomenal. It is a beautiful and glamorous dress. Excellent condition with a minor note below.

The dress is lined in a blue silk and closes at the back with a hidden set zipper and then the cord ties around the neck. There are two small black marks on the front to the side of the dress. Please see the photo after the label shot.  It otherwise appears to have been worn very little if at all

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist - hips: open
Bodice: approx 12" from neck to seam under the bust but this can be adjusted with the tie. The bodice is 5" high at the widest point
Skirt: 53" from the seam under the bust to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4369

Reference Photos: (1) Resort 2009 Gucci Runway, Look 18. Model Lily Donaldson.  /  (2-4) 2009 Gucci Cruise Collection Catalog.  /  (5) Gucci 2009 Cruise Collection Launch in Australia.

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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