S/S 2015 Rodarte Runway Paillettes, Lame & Bead Fantasy Dress

Vogue's May Singer said of the Spring 2015 Rodarte show: "The show marked a real return to form for Laura and Kate Mulleavy: Playing off aquatic themes, specifically the observation of tidal pools, they progressed more or less organically from terrifically commercial looks to ones that expressed just the kind of artful madness that people crave from their brand. By the time you arrived at the net mermaid dresses clotted with embroidery, you were back under the Rodarte spell. The tidal pool inspiration made a good channel for the Mulleavys' Miss Havisham-esque hoarder streak—mimicking the way flotsam and jetsam collect in eddies, they embellished their dresses not with restraint, exactly, but with a sense of formal specificity. There was a painterly aspect to their patchwork frocks, the heavy embroidery a kind of impasto, revealing the hand."

This is one of those net dresses that was referred to specifically in that review as was Look 31 in the presentation. It was made available through special order through Moda Operandi and the original price tag on in pre-tax was $9175. It is made from a combination of purple paillettes on a copper lame, Pink looped paillettes on a pink copper lame and a gold lame that is then covered with silk net, tulle and embroidery. Blue beads give the feel of sea coral and a swatch of netting trails down one side. This dress if any from the show typified the the tidal pool inspiration and it feels like a fantasy dress that gives you the feel of the ocean and all things related. The dress is made by hand and all the embroidery work and paillettes are placed by hand. It is modern American couture. I love the duality of the dress with its patchwork feel and clash of textures. Once on it skims over the body with a V at both the front and back. The waist is a suggestion and the netting trailing down one side is extremely clever. It looks to have never been worn and is a phenomenal and hard to find runway example of the Rodarte sisters work. Excellent condition.

The inner lame base is self backed and it closes with a side set zipper. You can see hand work on the interior. Tagged a modern 6. Appears to have never been worn. The bias cut of the fabric will allow it to fit a range of sizes

Bust: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 40" from top of shoulder to longest points of the hem with another 12-13" extending past the longest points of the by the netting

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD2953

Reference Photo: S/S 2015 Rodarte, Look 31. Model: Model: Xiao Wen Ju.

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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