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Stunning Fall 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Pleated Silk Jersey Corseted Dress

This is a beautiful dress from the Christian Dior label that showcases the elegance the best of the brands work has always displayed mixed with the youthful spirit that John added to the house. John Galliano went from Givenchy to Dior in October of 1996 and stayed there until he was dismissed in February of 2011. During John Galliano's years at the house of Christian Dior he arguably produced some of the most amazing dresses in the house's history. His work is always beautifully cut and this one is no exception. It has that minimalist spirit of the nineties and early 2000s and it is stunning. This was a piece that was produced in limited quantities for retail. It was based on the dress that walked the runway that season for look 52. The runway dress was far more elaborate and it is always interesting to see how John translated his over the top runway collections into elegant, wearable and yet still glamorous pieces like this one.

This dress is fantastic and I think that its simpler lines it gives you more wearability than the runway version would have. This is a dress that you can dramatically change by what you accessorize it with. It can go from a gorgeous little more dressier day dress with flats to have a bit of a Grecian feel and then at night time you can full on glam it up and it suddenly becomes this sexy little cocktail dress. The bodice of the dress is elaborately pleated. The black silk jersey that it is made out of has been draped and gathered over an inner corseted bodice that is formed and cupped inside. There is a strap that knots at the base between the breasts and then curves up and over your shoulders and runs down the back. The straps are made out of the same jersey as the rest of the dress. The waist is seamed and you could add a wide belt to really cinch it in and add more shape if you wished. The skirt falls from under there in a beautiful biased cut. When you stand still it falls in a sleek column but when you move you realize that it is actually tremendously full. Your slightest movement will make it swirl and float around you. The intricate and elaborate pleats and gathering continue all the way around the bodice to the back. It is just a gorgeous little dress. It is very chic and minimalist. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined with an inner silk skirt and a fill built in cupped and boned inner corset bodice. It zips to close with a hidden set zipper. Tagged a US4 GB8 FR36 IT40. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 24.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4168

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2005 Christian Dior Runway Collection, Look 52. Model: Irina Bondarenko.

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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