Runway Fall 2019 Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri Deep Blue & Black Off Shoulder Dress
The twin of this dress walked the runway for the 2019 season. This was the show where Maria took a look to the past for her inspiration for the collection. Vogue's Sally Singer noted that; "Chiuri sought inspiration for this collection from Britain’s postwar Teddy Girls, those working-class, rock ’n’ roll–loving beehived vixens who hit the clubs in a mix of men’s Edwardian jackets, full skirts, blue jeans, leather, velvet, and eyeliner galore. She was struck by the similarity in silhouette and the optimistic excess that characterized Christian Dior’s designs of the same period. She was also moved by Yves Saint Laurent’s addition to the Dior pantheon of a men’s black leather jacket for women in the late 1950s. So, heritage, hipsters, and herstory" This dress is one of the ones that felt most like a heritage piece from that show while still having a modern flare. It is just absolutely lovely.
The dress is gorgeous and I love that it can easily have a more elegant evening feel by styling it with heels and some statement jewelry rather then the cap and low boots it was shown on the runway with. It is made out of a fabric that has a puffed and raised texture that combines a deep blue with a black. This added texture gives the dress more visual interest and it is quite stunning. The lines of the dress are simple so that the woman wearing it will take center stage. The neckline is cut across the bodice with a slight curve. Straps extend out from the gathered fabric that edges the neckline and they are meant to be worn off of the shoulder to leave your shoulders bare and free. The fabric is gathered across the front and around you to the back. The waist nips in and you could add a belt to accent the waist more if you wished. The skirt falls from there and hearkens back to the era of Mr. Dior with a fullness through the hips. It falls to the floor in a soft arching curve that is quite beautiful. There are no added crinolines underneath and all of the fullness and volume that you see is achieved by the way the skirt is inset around the waist. There are yards of silk in the skirt so you could add your own crinoline under it and wear it very full if you wished. The dress appears to have never been worn or worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
There is a built in inner cupped corset and it closes at the back with a hidden set zipper. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML- MED
Reference Photo/Video: Fall 2019 Christian Dior Runway, Look 79. Model Louise Robert.
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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