S/S 2003 Junya Wantanabe Parachute

When Junya debuted this collection the fashion world did a collective gasp, he used an innovative way of ruching and buckles that allowed the pieces to be adjustable while invoking a Victorian feel. Style.com said of the collection:

Junya Watanabe's show conjured a vision of innocent 18th-century milkmaids who had parachuted into a field of summer flowers. The girls seemed to have floated down from the sky under huge, airy umbrella hats, wearing drifty, white, flower-dotted prints suspended on webbing tape. Yes, webbing: in an original twist on this season's ubiquitous combat trend, Watanabe made it look dreamily pretty.....He also, thoughtfully, equipped his bucolic regiment with matching backpacks, some fused into the girls' garments.

This skirt and top was shown on the runway in all white but I find this black and white version infinitely more dramatic and wearable. Buckles adorn the top - even straight across the bust-line. The cuffs are a double flap as is the flap where it buttons at the front. The back is particularly fabulous and you can extend the length quite low or to a crop version by adjusting the ruching. Th skirt is a masterpiece. Th attached back hip bag is a modern twist on the Victorian bustle and again the shape and lengths can be played with depending on where you choose to expand or contract the ruching. It is amazing, an important runway piece and any Junya fan will be ecstatic to see this available as very few were produced. Excellent, museum quality.

Top - tagged a Medium
Sleeves: approx 23"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 15" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 25" from neck to hem

Skirt - tagged a Small
Waist: 13" flat across from seam to seam
Hips: 18-19" across Length: 40" from waist to hem
Both the top and skirt are unlined. The top closes with buttons down the front and each sleeve has a french cuff like double cuff and buttons to close. The skirt closes with a zipper. The band that goes across the chest closes with a plastic buckle and the back bustle pocket is attached to the skirt - it was stuffed to highlight and emphasize it for the photos, it does lie flatter on the skirt if left empty. Note that the top is a true white and the skirt a true black.
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (4-8)
Item# DD1059
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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