Spring 2012 Valentino Prettiest Strapless Cotton Lace Dress

This dress is from the Spring 2012 collection from the house of Valentino. During this time period both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were acting Creative Directors. On the runway there was a shorter strapless dress shown and a longer version with cap sleeves. For the stores they seemed to have combined the two looks into this strapless version with a longer skirt. Vogue's Nicole Phelps reviewed the collection and said in part:

"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 designers opened with short frocks in off-white or black in a cotton lace fabric that made them into everyday sort of propositions, or they inset lace into paper-thin leather for a halter dress and a snappy trench..."Beautiful" is the word we heard over and over as we left the show."

And beautiful the dress is. This is still once of my favorites collections from the modern Valentino and I was very pleased to get this example in the shop. These are the kind of pieces to buy now, treasure and know they will only increase in importance as time goes by. The dress is strapless with a built in lingerie weight stretch corset that gives you support. The waist is nipped in and has a leather cord that runs through it and adds some detailing and additional shape. The skirt falls from there and widens out as it nears the hem. It is finished with a wide ruffle that gives it some movement and extra volume. The fabric is lovely and is a cotton and nylon mix that has a artisanal feel to it. It has cut work areas running all through it and it back with an almost weightless cotton. It is stunning and looks to have never been worn. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a light cotton muslin and the bodice has an additional lingerie stretch, lightly boned foundation built in that closes with its own zipper. It closes with a hidden set side zipper. A leather tie runs through the waist. It is tagged a modern 42 but runs extremely small. Please check the measurements provided. It would best fit a 0-2. The detail shot of the cotton lace is the best color reference photo.

Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11.5-12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 36" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-SM

Item# DD3322

Reference Photos: S/S 2012 Valentino Runway. (Look 2, Model Julia Nobis / Look 4, Freja Beha Erichsen)

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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