Stunning Spring 2016 Valentino Runway Muted Gold Painted Green Silk Caftan Dress
The twin of this dress was Look 59 on the Spring 2016 runway worn by the beautiful Imaan Hammam. In 2016 Valentino was headed by both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. They had stepped into Mr Valentino's shoes and were breathing new life into the brand. The show was based on Africa as its inspiration and at this period of time the world was watching refugees attempting the journey to Italy. In the Vogue review for this collection Maria and Pierpaulo were quoted as saying; 'We probably feel that the greatest privilege in doing our work is that fashion can give a message,” said Chiuri. “We think every person coming here is an individual, and we can show that we can improve ourselves by understanding other cultures.'... 'The message,' added Piccioli, 'is tolerance. And the beauty that comes out of cross-cultural expression.' Many of the pieces fused Italian and African traditions, 'They met in the textiles'. This dress was one of the most stunning looks of the show and the textile that it is made out of was also one of the most beautiful.
This is one of Valentino’s classic caftan dresses that Pierpaulo still does version of. The dress is made from a scarf weight silk it is light and easy to wear. The fabric is stunning. The colour is a deep olive and then that has been painted with muted copper / gold colour paint over the entire dress in an abstract leaf design. This is a nod to traditional African painted cloth and it is very beautiful. The paint actually sits on top of the silk and has a texture to it that you can feel. It is quite fantastic. There is a closed seam just inside the outer edges. This allows the fabric to have a ruffled effect down the sides but it still feels open and loose cut through the body. To add some shape through the front it has been gathered into soft pleats from the neck to the waist. The back is left loose and easy so that when it is on it will billow out behind you. I love how the gathers at the front create this pretty detailing around the neck. Inside the dress there is a built-in soft bralette that hooks into place and hold the dress perfectly on you. The proportion of it is done to allow the shoe and ankle to be seen, a theme that ran throughout the show. Of course, depending on how tall you are it may sit slightly higher or lower. We found both runway photos and video so you can see how spectacular the dress moves once on the body. It is beautiful. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
The dress slips over the head and closes with a button above a keyhole at the back. The inner bralette hooks to close inside. If you needed more room through the chest, you could easily expand on that inner piece, because the exterior caftan part is completely open through the body. Tagged a 44 and it appears to have been worn very little if at all. The easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes
23" flat across from that inset side seam to side seam and widens to 29" at the hips
Inner bralette: is open on the sides
Inner waist: 15" flat across from inner side seam to side seam
Length: 53" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2016 Valentino Runway, Look 59. Model: Imaan Hammam.
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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