Spring 2021 Givenchy by Matthew Williams Runway Black Backless Knit Dress w Open Cut Outs
Matthew Williams was appointed Creative Director at Givenchy in June 2020 and this was his debut collection for the house. Vogue noted that; 'Williams is a 34-year-old American urban-wear designer joining a luxury house in a new age of creative director stardom. Givenchy relies on his personal image to make this union a bankable one. And his debut proposal reflected that in so many ways. His Givenchy debut read entirely like a morph between those codes (texture and hardware) and the black-clad elegance of the house he now inhabits. Suspended between the formal and the super casual, the devil was in the fabric treatments. ...There’s a twisted expensiveness about Williams’s clothes that feels clinical and dirty all at once... “I’m not a person who designs in themes. It’s very much product-focused. A lot of it is what I would wear personally,” he explained. He also noted that his vision for the Givenchy woman was “very elegant and powerful and chic”. And that actually perfectly sums up this dress. It was an instant hit and was seen on the runway photo, Kim Kardashian and Rooney Mara. Which I think is where the power lies in this piece... that is can work so well on these very different women.
The dress still has its original tags attached and was never worn. And I even have seen it on sale still. It was sold for 1820 GBP in the UK and in the US it was priced was just over $3000. It is made from a bandage like knit that has stretched to it but also enough weight to firmly hold your curves in place. And to give you curves where you need them. It is meant to fit onto the body like a second skin. The sleeves are long and the skirt falls to the floor in a long sleeve column. From the front it looks like a classic black fitted knitted dress. It is when you turn around that you get the full shock of the bare skin this dress reveals. The back is scooped open and low. You can see on the model how it sits to the low back in on someone who's shorter like Kim is it dips very low. Each elbow also has a oval cut out to reveal a touch of skin there and then there is a little slit opening near the end of the sleeve that you can slip your thumb through if you wish. If you look closely on the presentation photo you can see that the model did just that. The dress has its original price tag and hand tags still attached and has never been worn. Excellent condition
Online and slips over the head to where. There's a hidden set zipper across the top of one shoulder. Tagged a size small. Original hang tag and price tag attached. It has never been worn. The fabric does have some stretch and I've shown the comfortable range here and it probably could stretch a little more if needed
Sleeves: 27" and 10-14" around the upper arm
Bust: 16.5-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-5-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5-20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Spring 2021 Givenchy Collection, Look 45. / (2-3) Kim Kardashian in Givenchy, as posted on her Instagram, October 2020. / (4) Rooney Mara for Givenchy L'Interdit Rogue. / (6) From Net-a-porter.
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