Runway Fall 2004 Missoni by Angela Missoni Multi-Way Fringe Silk Chiffon Dress
This was the first collection after an incredible 50 year celebration the year before and Angela Missoni was clearly still celebrating the kaleidoscope of colours that the house is known for. Big silk cabbage roses were shown on several of the pieces throughout the show, including the twin of this dress which was Look 39 and worn by Erin Wasson. These were styled for the show this way and it would be easy to recreate if you loved the look. The show had many pieces that touched upon a caped feel which gave everything a wonderful pretty touch and added lots of movement. Vogue mentioned this dress specifically in their review that season saying; 'Dramatic evening gowns in colored Lurex or vibrant kaleidoscope prints, suspended from jeweled halters, suggested Sharon Stone's va-va-voom wardrobe in Casino, while a fringed knit dress looked as though the model had wrapped herself in a twenties shawl—a dramatic gesture worthy of the Belle Époque dancer Loie Fuller, actress Eleonora Duse, or society beauty Consuelo Vanderbilt, all of whom Missoni cited as influences." The dress is gorgeous and just an amazing piece of Missoni. It was obviously a favorite from that season as it was also used in their ad campaign featuring Kate Moss.
If not for the fringe, this dress would weigh ounces. The silk chiffon used is as fine and light as a fabric can be. It is completely covered in a print that mixes pinks and greens and corals. The edges are finished in a flat braiding that runs along the inner edge. This helps to give the dress some structure. The fabric has a transparent feel to it and it is the draping of the shawl part of the dress that make it opaque enough to wear while still having flashes of transparency between where it layers over. The bodice is suspended from the shoulder and there is a silk chiffon bralet inside that gives the barest hint of support. It falls over the body from there skimming past the waist and over the hips to an angled hem that is then finished with the long fringes. Both the front and back are plunged and scooped. A long attached piece is set on an angle at the back and it is this piece that you wrap around yourself to create the look that you want. I have shown it a few ways and if you added a clip or brooch I bet you could come up with dozens of more options. The fringe work is amazing and combines a soft green with ivory fringes. It is an incredible and versatile dress that has lots of impact and movement. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear. The back bralet hooks to close. No size tag present but it's easy cut should work on a variety of sizes. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little.
Outer layer bust: No true side seams and approx 15" across
Inner bralet: is a stretch fabric and covers approx 7.5" across at the widest point of each cup. The band is elastic and stretches from 29-36" end to end. The cups will cover approx an A- B cup
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from shoulder to bottom of fringes on the main dress and the attached fringed shawl that you wrap around you extends out another 98" from the body of the dress to the end of the longest set fringes.
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Fall 2004 Missoni Runway Collection, Look 39. Model: Erin Wasson. / (5) Kate Moss for Missoni Fall 2004 Ad Campaign. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
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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