Spring 2012 Valentino Net & Floral Strapless Runway Dress by Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli

The twin of this dress was Look 50 on the Spring 2012 runway and it was part of the closing group of evening pieces in the show. In 2012 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. Vogue raved about this collection ins their review saying in part; 'Too ladylike, too precious, too little-girlish, too vulgar. Any of those outcomes could've befallen a show as laden with lace and flowers and embroideries as was Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri's latest for Valentino. But they didn't, not for a second. The designers turned out their best collection yet—one dress more seductively, calmly lovely than the next, many of them walking out on flat sandals or lace espadrilles that helped give the outing its fresh feel. "Fashion is a dream, and in this moment we need dreams," Piccioli said beforehand. The only thing that could poke a hole in the duo's fantasy is the fact that us girls don't have enough real-life occasions to wear these frocks.' This velvet flower applique dress was mentioned specifically and Vogue stated that it had "a slight folkloric feeling, but it wasn't overpowering.... "Beautiful" is the word we heard over and over as we left the show." The closer you look closer at this dress it is hard not to say the same as it is simply beautiful.

The dress is made from a black silk net layered over an inner layer of black tulle. The tulle on the bodice has a floral design worked into it that subtly peeks out and then the tulle under the body and skirt of the dress has a tinier floral pattern. This subtle change really adds to the depth and texture of the dress. Under those layers is a nude silk inner lining. Besides the visual effect this creates, this technique of multiple layering also gives the dress some of its structure so that it holds the shape around you once on. The bodice is strapless and cut on a soft curve across the neckline. There is a built in boned corset on the inside for shape and to hold the dress in place on you. It curves in just slightly to skim over the waist and then curves back out for the hips. The skirt is set in with a series of soft gathers and then from there it falls to the floor. It is divided in horizontal sections from the bust to hem and as it goes down and past the body each section of the skirt gets progressively wider so that it is quite full by the time it reaches the hem. Each section is highlighted and divided by a pretty band of black velvet. Over all that are soft and romantic washed velvet flowers and embroidery done purposefully to make them feel antiqued and aged. Their edges are raw and parts sit up and off the dress. Maria said in an interview that this was done so that you wanted to touch the garments as well. That it was important to Pierpaulo and herself that the viewer want to use all their senses. It is beautiful. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a nude silk and closes with a hidden set side zipper. Inside the bodice is a cupped and lightly boned corset that closes with its own zipper. Inner stay under the bust that hooks to close. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Tagged a Modern Valentino 6

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A-small C cup built into the front
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 8" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 49" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4432

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Spring 2012 Valentino Runway, Look 50. Model Zuzanna Bijoch.  /  (4) Spring 2012 Valentino Campaign photographed by Deborah Turbeville.

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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