S/S 2008 Bottega Veneta Runway Light Grey Silk Cut Out Dress

From the Spring 2008 runway we have this lovely Bottega Veneta dress. Sarah Mower reviewed the collection for Vogue and in part mentioned this dress specifically saying: "Tomas Maier's Bottega Veneta is one exemplary illustration of how the principles of restrained, minimalist, functionalist design—the discipline that's been cast into the shade since the nineties—can not only be relevant for now but, frankly, delicious with it. How so, when a collection is virtually colorless with no overt story to broadcast? It doesn't take a Ph.D. to analyze. Scan the section of flowy, crinkle-creased shirtdresses and goddess draping (how about the gray-green one with the crepe caught into a kind of garland in the neckline?), and you'd need a heart of stone not to think, There goes something gorgeous....Backstage, Maier described the collection as a balance between "rigor and anarchy," imagined along the attenuated lines of a Giacometti sculpture with a side thought for the attitude of Madame Grès, "except loosened, and then I pinned and tucked the pleating on each girl irregularly, just where the body asks for it." 

The dress is a light weight silk in a light grey that falls to just past the knee. You can clearly see the influence of Gres mentioned above in the pretty pleat work and lines. The bodice is this is the star of the show with its cuts outs and meticulous gathers around each bare space. Each of those cut outs are formed with inner wiring around which the fabric is hand gathered and placed. This allows you to literally shape and mold the bodice to your own individual figure for the perfect fit. It also acts like a light corset and you can see on the runway photo of Sasha that on the proper sized girl this transforms into a beautiful, greek feeling goddess dress. Appears unworn. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a neutral silk net through the bodice and the skirt is unlined. The entire interior corseted bodice has interior wiring and boning to hold the shape and the fabric is hand sewn into place around the wiring that edges the cut outs. Hand finishes throughout. It closes with lingerie hook & eye at the interior side and large decorative hook & eye on the exterior. No size tag

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 35.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2859

Reference Photo: S/S 2008 Bottega Veneta, Look 43. Model Sasha Pivovarova

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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