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F/W 1997 Gucci by Tom Ford Runway G Buckle V-Neck Wrap Leather Belt Dress

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TheRealList presents: a gorgeous black Gucci wrap dress, designed by Tom Ford. From the Fall/Winter 1997 collection, this piece debuted on the season's runway and was also worn by Kylie Minogue for an editorial in the September issue of ID magazine, photographed by Mark Mattock. This well-documented dress was also used in an editorial in Marie Claire Italia, photographed by Fabio Chizzola. The dress features a deep v-neckline, long sleeves, and a wrap skirt with a leather belt and a square Gucci 'G' buckle, a detail that tied together and helped define this collection. The dress is made complete with built-in shoulder pads for a structured look that visually shrinks the waist. A fabulous piece from Tom Ford's tenure at Gucci, this runway dress is an effortlessly chic must-have! Follow us on Instagram! @_the_reallist_ Approximate measurements: 25" shoulder to cuff 19" armpit to cuff 11.5" neckline plunge 96% fleece wool 4% spandex


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    Marked Size: IT44 (EU)Bust: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
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    Wear consistent with age and use. Light wear from age and use throughout. Light scratches and bending to belt buckle.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
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    1stDibs: LU2388215509072

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About the Designer

Tom Ford for Gucci

No one understands sex appeal quite like Tom Ford, who joined Gucci as a womens-wear designer in 1990.

At the time, the internationally renowned Italian label was better known for leather goods than luxury fashion. It was also nearly bankrupt. After creative director Dawn Mello left in 1994, following a Bahrain-based investment group becoming Gucci’s majority shareholder, Ford was named creative director. The American designer soon infused the brand with a fresh sensuality and bold style.

Ford's potent vision of sexed-up femininity spanned everything from shirts to shoes to other accessories at Gucci — he reimagined the house's iconic double-ring-and-bar Horsebit hardware, a reference to the brand’s equestrian history, as a seductive low-slung belt, worn by Madonna when accepting an MTV video music award in 1995. For his fall show during that year, in which Kate Moss walked down the runway in an unbuttoned satin shirt, velvet hip-huggers and tousled hair, heralded an exciting, glammed-up era for the once fusty brand. Vogue critic Sarah Mower called it “one of those hitting-in-the-solar-plexus moments.”

As Ford shot to fame, he continued to explore plunging necklines, such as in the black and white looks of the Fall 1996 collection, and sumptuous fabrics like leather and tweed, with the Fall 2000 ready-to-wear collection ranging from sultry silk evening dresses to plush belted coats.

Ford also cranked up the seduction in the provocative ads for Gucci, particularly with regard to campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, which the fashion house acquired in 1999 (Ford was also named creative director for YSL and designed the brand’s ready-to-wear collection). Gucci's Fall/Winter 1997 campaign featured Carolyn Murphy grasping Angela Lindvall in what looked like a video still; in another shot, a face pressed against a foot in a lipstick-red heel. Each promoted a vision of modern fashion where women were sexually confident, the materials were luxurious and the styles were fearless.

In 2004, Ford and Gucci president Domenico De Sole left the company after failing to agree on the renewal of their contracts. In 2006, with De Sole as chairman, Ford launched his wildly successful eponymous menswear label. Today Ford is also an author, film director and chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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