Spring 2012 Christian Dior Runway Ivory Silk Chiffon Dress w Black Beaded Bow Detail
This collection marked the first prêt-à-porter collection after John Galliano's departure. After being heavily criticized for the couture collection that proceeded this, Bill Gaytten "headed back to ground zero, the archives where the Dior legacy rests untroubled by the wayward to-and-fro-ing of topical vagaries" according to Vogue magazine. A longer version of this dress walk the runway for look 45 of the show. It was meant to have the feel of the famous Grace Kelly dress but with a wrapped more intricate bodice to give it a modern touch. I think it was perhaps the best piece of the show and it's an interesting piece of Dior history as well. It is very beautiful
The version that walked the show was to the ground. Distressed depending on your height will fall between mid calf and ankle. It makes the dress that much more wearable and versatile. The dress is made out of a fine ivory coloured silk chiffon that has a touch of beige to it. The bodice is stunning. The silk chiffon already has a texture that runs through it and then the bodice plays on this by wrapping and twisting the silk to give it even more texture. It dips into a V at the front with an added panel that comes up and over the shoulder to close the low plunge. On the opposite shoulder there's a cut out that extends into a separate panel all the way down the back. The back is left open for an expensive skin to show and those little glimpses of skin between the cut outs and panels is exquisite. It has a touch of sexiness to it but in a very refined elegant way. The waist wraps for shape and is detailed by a black 'ribbon' that is completely covered with a black glass tube beads. This adds a stark contrast to the dress and brings in the waist as well as being very pretty. The skirt falls from under that and is extremely full. There is a tremendous amount of fabric in the skirt. When you stand still you get an idea that it flares out but if you twirl it would give you the feel of a full circle skirt. The lightness of the fabric allows it to move with your slightest movement. You can see that in the runway video and the movement this dress has. I love it. This would 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.
Fully lined in a ivory silk chiffon and closes at the side with a series of chiffon covered buttons and loops. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. I see one tiny pull in the fabric on the back shoulder. Please see the photo after the label shot. Tagged a FR36 GB8 IT40 US4
Bust: approx 16" flat across from side seam to side seam with one side having so true side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder to top of waist band, waist band approx 6"
Skirt: approx 36" from bottom of waist band to hem
Total length: 54" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo/Video: Spring 2012 Christian Dior Runway, Look 45.
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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