Resort 2009 Valentino Runway Black Silk Chiffon & Organza Dress w Black Ring Paillette Detail

This is a gorgeous dress. It is from the 2009 Resort collection and was Look 12 of the presentation. In 2009 Valentino was headed by Alessandra Facchinetti. Vogue's Laird Borrelli-Perrson said of the show; 'In her third collection for Valentino, Alessandra Facchinetti sketched a portrait of a lady in soft hues—pearl gray, icy white, and blush pink—punctuated with pops of chartreuse and rich fuchsia. The chic yet restrained suits she showed for day had soldier jackets with peplumed backs and rows of tiny covered buttons. Release came in the form of ruffles, which fluttered throughout the collection but found their most elegant expression in organza gowns. Smartly paired with metallic flats, these embraced the bodice before wafting to the floor.' This is one of the three stand out organza dresses shown in this collection and I think it was the best one of the three.

This is the kind of dress that you see in real life and it makes you swoon. As good as it looks in the photos it really comes to life on the body. When you move in it the air around you picks uo the silk and organza and it really has beautiful movement. It is made out of a combination of a black silk organza and black silk chiffon. This is layered over inner layers of more silk chiffon. On the skirt there is a doubled inner silk lining topped by two layers of chiffon and then the ruffles are all made from the silk organza. The bodice is made out of the silk chiffon and I love the intricate pleat work that covers it and draws your eye inwards to the detailing. Down the centre front the dress is cut to be fairly sleek in feel with a v cut neckline and nipped in waist. It flows to the floor in a long column and there are ruffles that run down either side of the skirt. These ruffled panels run from the waist all the way down to curve out and around each side to the hem. The effect this creates is wonderful. The back is cut to be longer then the front so you get just the hint of a trained effect. Both the front and back plunge to the inner straight cut bodice and the straps are wide. They curve up and around the shoulder and then angle gracefully in towards the centre of the low back. The entire front is finished with a heavy application of little round glossy black circle paillettes that give the dress a subtle bit of embellishments and glitz. These are denser under the waist line of the dress and take on an almost chain mail feel yet they are very light in weight. The entire dress weighs ounces. It is so pretty and even better in person. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition 

Fully lined in silk and constructed as described above. It closes with a hidden set side zipper. No size tag present. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. It retailed for over $6000 in 2009. Maybe a paillette missing here and there but nothing obvious. 

Bust: 17.5 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulders to seam under bust
Skirt: 45" from was it to front hem, 50" to back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3783

Reference Photo: Resort 2009 Valentino Collection. Look 12.

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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