Prettiest Resort 2010 Lanvin by Alber Elbaz Runway Wedding Silk Ruffle Mini Dress

The twin of dress walk the runway as look 42 complete with a veiled hat and bouquet of flowers. The intention for this to be used as a wedding piece was clear. Alber Elbaz cited Acapulco as an inspiration and its not hard to imagine that he was thinking is a beach wedding for this gorgeous little dress. In Vogue's review of the collection that noted the same saying; 'You could see it in the lime-and watermelon-wedge pendant necklaces, the straw hats decorated with tropical fabric flowers, and the raffia-accented flats'. This was one of the four final dresses of the show and all four were ready-to-wear wedding dresses, which is not something you normally see mixed in with a collection to that extent. The dress was also featured in Vogue Spain that season and was a sell out at retail. It is just gorgeous.

This is such pretty and easy to wear dress. It is actually a very simple shape that is meant to skim over the bust, waist and hips. It is strapless with a pretty curve to the top neckline that is very flattering. It has an inner built-in boned silk corset to hold it in place and the dress floats over that, widening out as it nears the hem. The fabric is a woven silk that has a slight transparent feel to it. It's then lined in an inner ivory silk layer that makes it opaque enough to wear but still keeps that light fluffy feel. It's very light in weight and just feels like to floats around you. The front is covered in layers of ruffles. These are actually three long ruffled pieces that are set in curving rows over the front. This curving back and forth technique lets them be fuller at the sides and adds to the volume that you see. It would be flatter if they were just strips of ruffles sewn on independently. It's quite genius. The ruffles all have a bit of stiffening at their ends to help hold their shape and have a raw finish. The back is left ruffle free so you get some shape. The dress can be worn full and easy or you can use the matching wide silk satin ribbon belt to send in and give it added shape. In the photos where I have shown it with the ribbon I tied it just under the bust but you could of course place and tie it wherever it suits you best. It's flattering, shows a mile of leg, and is a really fun alternative to the more traditional wedding dress. And even if it's not what you may think of as a main wedding dress it would be a great dress to change into for the reception. And it has enough style that you could wear it for any occasion. It is fabulous. Excellent condition with a note below

Fully lined in an ivory silk and has a built-in boned corset. The corset zips independently at the side and then the outer dress zips to close over that. Comes with its original matching belt. Tag a size 38. See some marks on the inside bodice and there's the faintest touch of discolouration on the top part of the ruffles on each side. None of these would be seen once on. A touch creamier in person.

Inner bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 29" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4212

Reference Photos: (1-2) Resort 2010 Lanvin Collection, Look 42.  /  (3) Tiiu Kuik in Lanvin photographed by Michelle Ferrera for Vogue Spain, November 2010.

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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