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StellaMcCartney 2003 SilkSatin Print OffShoulder Disco MiniDress or BomberJacket

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Arguable the most significant design in the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2003 collection since it debuted in several colors on the runway and was worn by the British designer to take her fashion-show bow, this pink-printed dark-grey silk-blend zip-front mini-dress with white satin stripes and pink piping was a favorite of the Vogue critic and her father Beatles co-founder Paul McCarthy. Vogue wrote: "Her hippest new idea came in the form of puffy satin bombers--she transformed one, a fusion of sport and chinoiserie print, into an off-the-shoulder bubble dress. McCartney is so into the glam-bomber idea, in fact, that she bounded onto the runway wearing a black version herself." The garment's voluminous batwing sleeves and stretch-cotton ribbed neckline and hem, plus custom golden-charm two-way zipper, enable it to have two different necklines and lengths to convert to a shorter puffier bomber jacket. Notably, the versatile piece that is subtly printed with mock-Beatles lyrics seems to have been the first tribute fashion-design that McCartney created to reference her father. Prior, she had credited her stylish mother Linda for instilling her with a love of fashion and inspiration for her initial namesake collections, which followed her first commercial collections with Phoebe Philo for Chloe. For background, when McCartney was a young girl in 1978, the mock-rock band The Rutles parodied a Beatles song, which was recorded by EMI as "Ging, Gang, Goolie". Given its lyrics, the chinoiserie-style dragon motifs were substituted by McCartney with bird skeletons and snakes that a child might have seen. The dress/jacket is in very good condition since the sole owner wore it twice. The optional front pockets were cut off so as not to interfere with the elongated-fabric drape when worn as a mini-dress, so their removable seams remain sewn. Although a U.K. brand, this garment was made in Italy. The IT38-size will fit a US4 as a mini-dress, or multiple larger sizes if worn only as a jacket.
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  • Dimensions:
    Width: 16 in (40.64 cm)Length: 36 in (91.44 cm)Marked Size: 38IT (UK)
  • Style:
    disco glam (In the Style Of)
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  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3244219923202
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