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John Galliano 2003 toile de jouy dress

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Toile de Jouy, a classic French print originating in the late 18th century in Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles, is characterized by intricate pastoral scenes depicting idyllic landscapes, rural life, and romantic vignettes, traditionally rendered in monochromatic hues like blue, red, or black on a light background. The term "Toile de Jouy" translates to "cloth from Jouy," reflecting its origins and initial production by the Oberkampf manufactory, which pioneered copperplate printing techniques. The print became a symbol of elegance and refinement, popular in French aristocratic and bourgeois interiors, and has since transcended its original context to appear in fashion, home decor, and various modern applications. Designers, including John Galliano, have drawn on its timeless charm to evoke nostalgia and sophistication, blending historical aesthetics with contemporary design elements. Known for his theatrical and historical influences, Galliano has masterfully incorporated Toile de Jouy into his fashion designs at Dior and his own label, juxtaposing its delicate pastoral scenes with bold, modern silhouettes and unexpected fabrics. This contrast highlights his ability to blend the old with the new, creating garments that are both timeless and innovative, paying homage to the print’s rich heritage while pushing the boundaries of fashion and making it relevant for a modern audience. His transformative use of this traditional pattern underscores his deep understanding of fashion history and his talent as a designer. This particular design took on Asian design inspirations and mixed it with this French origin print. Crafted from silk and featuring Galliano’s signature closing, this gown is incredible. The dress is 180 cm long, making it perfect for taller frames. Size: fr40, Circa S-M, clipped on mannequin Condition: 8.5/10, with minimal light staining.
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    CAPELLE AAN DEN IJSSEL, NL
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    1stDibs: LU2871222969542
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