Sleek 1990s Valentino Classic Red Dress w Slit Front Detail & Tiered Ruffled Hem

Valentino knows how to cut a dress to perfectly flatter a woman's body. Few designers can come close to the techniques he perfected over the decades of his prolific career. This is a wonderful example of his work from the turn of the 1990s. I love that it has been done in his classic crisp true Valentino red. This is a colour that he perfected to be flattering on almost any skin tone. The dress has that perfect minimalist feel to it that the nineties epitomized and yet still feels modern and fresh. It is cut to skim over your curves in a way that highlights the body but is not meant to be too tight and constricting. The colour is absolutely fantastic. It is that perfect clear red that flatters most skin tones. I think it is even better in person then how it has photoed. If you know Valentino's work, then you know the exact shade this red is in person as this is one of his primary signatures. The dress is sleeveless and the side angle in towards the neckline. The top of the neck curves up over the base of the neck and below that is an open slit that runs down the front seam. It slowest just the barest bit of skin. All of the seam work on the body of the dress has been done vertically so there is no seams running across you at any point to break the line of the eye. When it reached the hem it flares out and the hem is finished with two layers of ruffles that circle around to the back. The back hem is cut slightly longer then the front so that you get a slight bit of a trained effect. When you walk the ruffles get kicked out and adds movement with your every step. It is just stunning on the body. Excellent condition with one small note below.

Fully lined in a red silk satin. It closes with a back hidden set zipper. Hand finishes. Tagged a Valentino 10. The fabric does have some give. There are some very minor marks on the back ruffled hem that you would never notice once on that would not photo. Mentioned for accuracy. The original price tag is still on the dress and was $3275 even back then.

Bust: 18-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from shoulder to front hem, 63" to longest point of the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3015

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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