Spring 2017 Valentino by PierPaolo Piccioli Runway Look 12 Zandra Print Pink Silk Dress
This from the Spring 2017 collection which was an important and interesting show for two reason. First it was the first solo show for PierPaolo Piccioli and second he brought in Zandra Rhodes to make prints for the fabrics shown in the collection. The twin of this dress walked the runway as Look 12 in the show. The show was a huge success and the Vogue review for this collection stated in part; 'They (the models) were wearing a collection he’d based on looking at a lot of medieval art, but particularly at Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights—not that the clothes read as historicist at all. “I like to know my history, and then forget it,” Piccioli said.... He’d also become fascinated by the work of Zandra Rhodes, the great British fashion designer of the ’70s and ’80s, known for her hand-drawn prints and floaty, haute hippy dresses, so he got on a plane to London to see her. “He was wonderful,” exclaimed the pink-haired designer, who was sitting in the front row today. “He and an assistant came to my studio for two days, I showed them everything in my archive, and he asked me what I could do to make prints from the Bosch painting. It’s just incredible to see what they did with them." In short, he aced it, not only meeting expectations but surpassing them too.'
I love this dress. It feels thoroughly Valentino but it also nods at the work and cut of Zandra. Then you add in that spectacular Rhodes print that covers its surface and it's just a joy. The dress is made from a fine light weight silk that is cut on the bias. Think scarf weight. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk, the fabric of the skirt and that fabulous handkerchief hem catch the air and billows out around you. The colour is a beautiful dusty pink and the print layers pink tones and black on top of the silk. The neckline is a shallow scoop and he has inserted a soft velvet panel in a deep rich burgundy pink at the front for a bit of contrast and to add some unexpected texture. The sleeves are long and simple. Just under the panel there is a seam and a band that sits above the waist seam for a little structure. The skirt falls from there, skimming over the hips Depending on your height, the skirt falls to just above the floor in a sweeping expanse of fabric. This is a signature length for him and it allows your shoes to peek out from under the skirt. The skirt is cut beautifully and the points on the hem allow it to fall at different lengths around you. That and the bias cut of it is what gives it the floating effect it has when you move. There are many yards of that feather light silk in the skirt and it is just wonderful. The precision in cut to have this all fall and move so beautifully should not be underestimated. This was never worn and still has its original hang tag. Excellent condition
Lined through part of the front bust and the skirt has an inner pink lining. closes with a back zipper. Tagged a Valentino 42 and still has its original tag with its original price of 5500 euros from 2017. It is a bit softer pink in person and better then how it photoed.
Bust: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under front panel: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist at seam under band: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder to seam under front panel
Skirt: 46" from seam under front panel to longest point of the hem. Includes the 4" band at waist
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2017 Valentino Runway, Look 12. Model Lorena Marasch.
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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