Spring 2015 Valentino Runway & Ad Campaign Coral Printed Silk Chiffon One Shoulder Dress
The twin of this dress was Look 68 on the Spring 2015 runway. In 2015 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. In the Vogue review for this collection they specifically noted the seaside themed dresses: 'The collection was poetic, graceful, and beautiful. Chiuri and Piccioli touched on many of Italy's patrimonies, from its antiquities all the way down to its kitsch... the designers lavished special attention on the seaside, printing some gowns with starfish and snails, and embroidering others with shells, sailing ships, and underwater creatures like the Portuguese man-of-war....as always, it was the workmanship that astounded, be it extravagantly done, as the feather-embroidered numbers were, or more naively wrought, like those sea creatures. "In this moment when everything is synthetic, digital, and flat, you need something more human. To dream, you need to feel something, not just to see," said Piccioli.' The dress was an instant success and sold out worldwide. It has the added provenance of have been used for the Valentino ad campaign that season and it was featured in the Fed issue of Vogue.
The dress is made from a fine silk chiffon that is entirely cut on the bias. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk the fabric catches the air and billows out around you. The design that is screened onto the silk is one of the labels signature coral patterns that was first seen in 1969 for the Haute Couture collection. The silk is a soft off-white and the coral print is finished in a soft neutral palette that plays perfectly against the pale ivory chiffon. It is almost weightless and yet constructed so that it drapes on the body perfectly. The skirt falls to the floor in a sweeping expanse of fabric. The skirt is made up of three layers of silk chiffon. There is the top printed layer and then there are two layers of ivory chiffon underneath that. This is what gives it its lightness and the floating effect it has when you move. The bodice drapes softly over you at the front. The waist is seamed for shape and the back is left bare with a low scoop that sits on an angled curve that swoops down one side. There is a silk covered elastic band that runs across the back to hold the dress in place. If you prefer it to be completely open you could easily remove this so you could get even more of an open and bare feel. At the front the top is cut in a classic one shoulder that curves up and then ties into place with long ties that meet it from the back. It is very beautiful. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. This would also make a stunning wedding piece for the bride looking for something non-traditional or for an event over a wedding weekend. Excellent condition
Fully lined in an soft ivory coloured silk chiffon that is also cut on the bias. The skirt is made up of three layers of silk chiffon as described above. It closes with a low back hidden set zipper. The strap that goes across the back is attached on one side and hooks to close on the other with a row of four hook & eye. The shoulder ties into place with long attached ties. Inner waist stay hooks to close. Tagged a US8
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist and can be adjusted
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-3) Valentino S/S 2015, Look 68. Model: Irina Liss. / (2) Photo by Mario Testino, Vogue US, Feb 2015. / (3) S/S 2015 Valentino Ad. / (4-5) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. Cherie is wearing a Magnetic Midnight X Shrimpton Couture 'Stardust' Headpiece.
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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