Spring 2013 Valentino Runway Look 33 Natural Snakeskin Slip Dress
This dress is the twin of the one from the 2013 runway. During this time period both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were acting Creative Directors. On the runway this piece was shown worn under a matching coat. Vogue's Nicole Phelps reviewed the collection and said in part:
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's Valentino dresses make girls swoon....On the runway the clothes were more intimate in feeling than last season's folk-influenced show. Credit for that goes to the slip dresses that were the collection's foundation (in both senses) as well as the simple tone-on-tone embellishments the designers chose.
This dress was perhaps the most unusual of the slip dress variations that walked the runway that season. It is made out of a paper thin snakeskin that is treated like a regular fabric. The dress is suspended from tiny straps that attached to a low and wide cut bodice. It is gathered through the waist and then the skirt flares out with a contrasting finish to the very bottom portion. The dress is not perfect. It looks like the snakeskin at the waist was perhaps heated and it is puckered to one side more then the other. This gives the dress a slight twisted effect that actually looks kind of avant garde. Inside it looks like the is the remnants of glue on the inner chiffon. It would have costs thousands and thousands new and this one is priced at a steal because of this small flaw. Its still very wearable and a wonderful piece of Valentino.
Fully lined in a black chiffon and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Side pockets on each hip. Please read the description above and review all photos. Sold as is and final sale. It is shown on a size 0-2 dress form
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 27" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photos: (1) Aline Weber in Valentino. Photo by Catherine Servel, Vogue Russia, February 2013. / (2) S/S 2013 Valentino Collection, Look 33, Model Vanessa Axente.
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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