alexander mcqueen

S/S 2002 Alexander McQueen "Dance of the Twisted Bull" Dress

If you are a regular you will recognize this dress. I have had it in the shop for a bit. The owner of this is motivated to sell and it is a brand new price now - about 1/2 of what it was previously. So if you have been eyeing it up now is the time. Personally I am astounded that it has not already flown out the door as it is exquisitely beautiful and one of the best pieces form him that I have ever seen. It feels as fresh and relevant now as when it was made in 2002.

The dress is exquisite and only 20 of these with this rose print were produced worldwide. It is from the "Dance of the Twisted Bull" Collection of 2002. Digitally produced roses flow across the fabric and get denser as they near the hem. The dress is constructed with two layers of the silk chiffon fabric layered over each other so that you get this fantastic sense of depth with the screened design showing through. Each sleeve flows down the arm and then ends in a tiered full cuff whose edges are left raw. The skirt has that same deconstructed treatment to its hem and is  made from layers of silk set over each other. It skims over the hips and then cascades into different lengths that float around you as you move. The neckline is beautiful and has ties that curve up and around the neck and can be tied several ways. The shoulders are left bare.  You can instantly see the Spanish influence that Alexander McQueen strove for in this piece. It is a even more beautiful in person. Excellent condition.

The McQueen site says of the  collection: Body-skimming jersey cutaway to mimic harnessing is paired with sharp, low-slung tailoring, crisp white shirts are layered with laced corsetry in traditional Savile Row fabrics. Jewel encrusted epaulettes, polka dots, ruffled, tiered skirts and more crafted out of what look like Spanish fans are all executed with the complexity of pattern and attention to detail the designer is known for.", and's review said: "The Dance of the Twisted Bull" was the title of Alexander McQueen's highly anticipated collection, his first since partnering with Gucci Group and deciding to show in Paris. McQueen pulled off a bravura, Latin-themed romp. One particularly theatrical dress came equipped with banderillas—the long spears with which bullfighters pique bulls—that seemed to impale the wearer in order to support a long ruffled train in the back. Another, a severely deconstructed blood-red señorita dress, had part of a jacket attached at the waist, while a matador-inspired strapless gown featured a built-in sword. An assortment of polka-dotted frocks were layered over matching stockings, and cinched with corsetlike straps and holster-inspired tops. Alongside these dramatic statements came plenty of carefully tailored, eminently wearable clothes, deftly proving McQueen's ability to mix iconoclastic statements with commercially viable product. Razored jackets were softened via seashell-like pleated skirts with gently upturned fronts; flared-sleeve eyelet shirts, layered skirts, and embroidered white jeans all looked confident, as did the cut-out dresses and sharp-as-a-tack toreador suits." The full show is shown below.

Fully lined in a second layer of the same printed silk chiffon with more layers in the skirt. It closes with a hidden side zipper and the halter can be tied in several ways. Hand finishes. Purposely deconstructed edges. Museum quality

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" max flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from top of shoulder to longest points of the asymmetrical hem but it is cut on the bias so will come up some when on the body as bias cut dresses do

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD939

Reference runway photos from / Third reference photo from the ediorial "Dark Angel" Vogue UK, March 2015 by Tim Walker.  Stylist: Kate Phelan.  /  Last three photos: Amanda Lee Shirreffs. Click here to see her original blog post on this look >

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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