F/W 2005 Runway Alexander McQueen Pale Yellow Silk Dress

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Fall 2005's collection was called "The Man Who Knew Too Much". The Alexander McQueen site says of this collection: "For the second time in his career, Alexander McQueen references The Birds for this collection a film that he remembers loving as a child principally because of the precise way in which the women featured choose to dress. Against a film-set backdrop flooded with red light models stride out in swing coats, pencil skirts, neat, cropped trousers and fitted chunky mohair all of which suit a modern-day Hitchcock heroine down to the ground. Given the source of inspiration this may be read as McQueen's interpretation of coordinated dressing almost vintage Hermes style crocodile sling-backs are teamed with matching handbags, for example. Hair is big, bouffant and blow dried and lips are painted true red."

and Vogue's review stated "Tippi Hedren and Marilyn Monroe. Biker molls and sweater girls. You got it: Alexander McQueen went to the sixties, all the way, for fall. With its filched movie and rock 'n' roll themes, the collection read as a knowing vehicle, a McQueen director's cut. Glacially restrained tailoring, early rocker chic, the classic Hollywood ball gown moment: He had 'em all. Plus great hair, great music, and a roar of old-school glamour.But there's no such thing as a McQueen routine without a sinister psychological subtext or two. Was there a hint in the invitation—a pastiche of the film poster for Vertigo, superimposed with the title of another Hitchcock movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much? What McQueen knows shows aplenty. His combined knowledge of Savile Row tailoring and Parisian couture means he can scissor an impeccably narrow gray tweed coat or a nipped-waist pencil skirtsuit, and put sizzle into period sobriety."

This beautiful dress was shown on the runway with a slightly more fitted silhouette (the dress is a tad big on my mannequin so on the right sized girl the affect will be closer to the runway shot). I have included a a runway reference photo here and you can see the dress on the catwalk at the 5:30 minute mark in the video. It was look #21 in the presentation. It is made of a fine, high quality silk chiffon in a pale lemon whose soft romantic exterior belies a razor sharp tailoring interior with a full built in and molded corset. Each shoulder is detailed with a delicate silk chiffon flower with a trailing silk chiffon ribbon flowing down the back. A third flower sits at the waist with a ribbon of silk encircling the waist and snapping into place underneath. I love the soft pleating that runs over the entire dress. This was never worn and still retains its $2259 price tag. Excellent condition.

A full silk satin dress lies under the silk chiffon exterior layer and then this is lined in yellow silk. It has a full built in corset. Both the corset and the exterior layer close with zippers. Hand finished. Original tags. Tagged a size 40 but please check actual measurements

Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 28.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Look 21, runway reference photo credit: voguerunway dot com

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen
21st Century
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Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
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