S/S 2011 Isabel Marant Strapless Purple Print Runway Dress Look 3

By Spring 2011 Isabel Marant was a force. This was only her fourth official runway show and her label was exploding. She told Vogue's Saran Mower that it had become hard to keep her New York store, which opened that spring, stocked with merchandise: "As soon as a new shipment comes in, pfff, it's gone." Mower's review of the collection went on to say that: "Marant took her first trip to California earlier this year and fell in love with its chill vibe. This collection, she said, was an ode to surfing and the early days of skateboarding. That seventies feeling meant there were cutoffs in denim or corduroy with everything from bright check button-downs to shrunken fisherman sweaters to lacy tanks. Sports references came fast and furious: A vintage-looking silk baseball jacket in embroidered washed silk was followed by nipped and fitted rugby-stripe dresses and slightly oversize football-jersey tees. On the more girly side, Marant's signature cropped jacket was cut from red bandanna fabric, and a strapless dress was smocked from a Liberty-esque purple floral print."

This is that purple dress mentioned in the review and it instantly sold out world wide and was wait listed everywhere. The furor caused by this dress was astonishing. It was worn by Anja Rubik for the runway and everyone wanted to emulate her look. It is the easiest dress to wear and the cut is very simple. The bodice is a stretch, elastic tube and the skirt is cut micro short. The seams are left raw and deconstructed, The skirt has three layers of ruffles and only the very top layer is seamed, the other two layers are left cut and raw. The sides are curved up so they are cut very high on the thigh, This also gives the skirt a pretty curve that is immensely flattering. It was shown on the runway belted, but can be work either way. Even after all this time this is a favorite piece from all her collections. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slip on to wear. The bodice stretches. Tagged a Marant size 2. The fabric is 100% Indian made silk. The stretch will allow a variety of sizes

Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: t 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length 24" from top of bodice to shortest pints at the sides, 26" to longest point of the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD3093

Reference Photos: S/S 2011 Isabel Marant Runway, Look 3. Model: Anja Rubik.

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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