Superb Fall 2006 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Haute Couture Black Runway Dress w Shoulder Detailing

This is the final Haute Couture Chanel piece for now from the collection that I have been handling for a client and this last dress is gorgeous. It is another amazing example of Karl Lagerfeld's Haute Couture work for the house. The photos on the dress form are not doing it justice at all and we were very pleased to find the runway references for it so that you can see how it sits on the body. Like most Couture pieces it needs an actual body in it to truly come to life. You can see in the runway shots how beautifully the dress is on and the video gives you a better idea of how it moves. It feel infinitely Chanel in every way. Sarah Mower said on her review of this collection that ‘With his sharp knack for synthesizing the mood of the moment into the spirit of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld came up with a couture statement that might neatly be labeled "mod medieval."… (it) showcased Lagerfeld's deft handling of new proportions. It started with a narrow, molded shoulder line falling to dresses with a slight flare in the hem’ a description which almost perfectly describes this exact dress. Karl himself said that "This Collection is a play with proportions. It's the movement that counts, a silhouette for the city in for modern life. A strong attitude, kind of visual aggressivity."

This is magnificent dress. It is one long sheath dress that falls to the floor in a smooth column. That minimalist black column of silk is offset by the shoulder area that is done in an ivory white silk. This was then completely covered by hand in a dense application of elongated white paillettes that are set onto the silk at only one of their ends. This allows them to move slightly as you move. There is a small neat collar that is also detailed with the paillettes. The shoulders are shaped so that they curve perfectly over the shoulder. It feels very restrained and refined. This cut through the dirt was presented throughout the entire collection and was one of the key components. The ivory silk runs across the top of your shoulders and then is separated from the rest of the dress by a silk satin band. A row of tightly spaced buttons start where the black silk begins and run down past the waist. The dress falls from the shoulders in a smooth line that skims over the bust, waist and hips, even billowing outwards a bit before narrowing down to the hem. The bottom of the skirt is unusual and has that Karl twist to it. The hem is finished with wide strip of the same black silk satin to pick up on the band used across the shoulders. Then at the back there is a second a row of tightly spaced silk covered buttons that run down to the hem. Under that is a panel of silk attached inside the dress that extends down and past the hem. This panel is cut on a curve. If you leave the buttons at the back buttoned it creates an almost hobble skirt effect with that panel peeking out from under and if you leave the buttons open at the back then that panel has tremendous movement as you walk. You can get a better idea of this on the video. On the runway it was styled with a large detachable bow and jeweled brooch and sleeveless gloves. This would be easy to re-create style wise if you love the full runway look. The dress has been entirely made by hand and is labelled with its proper Chanel Haute Couture label. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of true couture by one of the most important designers of our lifetime. Excellent condition

The dress is hand lined in a black silk and closes with the buttons at the front. It is hand finished to couture standards. Its proper couture label is present. Sourced from the original couture client. It is meant be loose and easy through the body

Shoulders: no defined seam bit would work from approx 15-16"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam

Waist: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55.5" from top of shoulder to hem and the back panel adds another 6"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4262

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2006 Chanel Couture Runway, Look 51.

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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