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Spring 2005 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Runway Softest Pale Pink Floating Silk Chiffon Dress

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This is a very well documented dress and it is gorgeous. It is the second one I have had in the shop and I love it even more this time around. The twin of the dress walk the runway on Liya Kebede and then Karl photoed it himself on Supermodel Daria Werbowy for the Chanel campaign that year. That photo also appears in the book  'Chanel; The Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns' on page 357. Tinsley Mortimer also wore on that year.  For this show Karl had the runway finished with a red carpet. This was in tribute to the  Baz Luhrmann Chanel No5 directed advertisement that yer that had starred Nicole Kidman. All the super models of the day paraded down the catwalk 'Fame' blasting through the room. At the end of the carpet the girls posed for a pack pf photographers with flashbulbs popping off and adding to the excitement of the show. The runway reference photos and tiny clip of video we found give you an idea of the incredible movement of the dress.

The first thing that you will notice when you see this dress in person is how incredibly light it is. It is a dream to wear. It is an absolutely stunning dress and no matter how good it looks in these photos it is even better in real life. Tiny little lace straps curve over each shoulder and then a floating panel of the chiffon is attached around its outer edge to drape over your arm. It curves up a the front and then goes all the around the back for a bit of a cape feel. The front plunges and crosses over itself to the first lace trimmed angled seam. The lace trimmed seams continue down over the dress crossing over the body from just under the bust all the way down to past the hips. Starting at about the waist area on each side are floating chiffon panels that drape down to the floor. Another panel sits across the centre of the back and then more panels of chiffon are attached under that all the way around to create the lower skirts. The front is cut to curve up and finished with a deep ruffle so you see a flash of leg when you move or sit and then the back trails out behind you. It is so gorgeous to see. As you walk you get this sweeping feel created by all this individual panels as they catch the air and float around you. The colour is a soft pale and pretty pink and the silk has a subtle touch of texture to it. It is absolutely beautiful. This might even make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any event. Excellent condition with one minor note below

The dress is lined with a second doubled layer of a matching pink silk chiffon. The inner layer closes with a zipper and then the exterior layer of the dress buttons in place over that with a series of enamel double C logo buttons. Some of the buttons have slight patina to them and one button is not a Chanel button but it is hidden under the very top ruffle so you would never see it. The bias cut should allow it to work on a range of sizes. It will just drape more on a smaller frame. Tagged a vintage Chanel 44. The close up of the label is the best photo for colour

Bust: 19-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from top of shoulder to shortest part of the front hem and 68" to the longest point at the back

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4548

Reference Photos/Video: (1-6) Spring 2005 Chanel Runway, Look 55. Model Liya Kebede.  /  (7) Daria Werbowy by Karl Lagerfeld from 'Chanel; The Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns' .  /  (8) Tinsley Mortimer at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Young Friends Benefit Dance, "The Grand Tour", November 2005. 

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