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Vintage 2005 Versace Couture Runway Hot Pink Beaded Stretch Silk High-Low Gown

$5,000

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An absolutely gorgeous spring-summer 2005 Versace runway documented hot-pink gown that originally retailed for over $20,000. Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Gianni Versace redefined fashion by combining it with rock 'n' roll, art and celebrity. By merging the worlds of fashion and entertainment, his shows became pop-culture events. This seductive stretch silk gown, look number 47, is a fantastic example of the brand's genius. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; the highest quality vibrant hot-pink stretch silk that molds to the body with perfection. There is even a built-in bodysuit to hold everything in place. The plunging bodice has been elaborately beaded with dazzling crystals in different shapes and sizes. The embellishments alone must have taken days to complete. The sparkling shoulder straps flow into an alluring low t-strap backside. My favorite design element is the draped high to low trained skirting for the most dramatic movement. We added many pictures so you can appreciate this masterful achievement. Would make a sensational red carpet moment. Measurements Marked a European 42 (varies a bit due to stretch silk) Bust: 34-36 inches Waist: 26-28 inches Hips: up to 40 inches Shortest Length: 40 inches Longest Length: 66 inches This 2005 Versace designer runway gown is in excellent condition with no rips, holes or alternations. Perfectly working side zipper and built-in bodysuit for hourglass shape. Only sign of wear are a few faint marks by the bottom skirting which get lost in the folds. Please message for detailed pictures. A rare wearable piece of fashion history with wonderful runway documentation.

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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: 42 (EU)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)
  • Style
    Red Carpet (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU30915763002

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Versace

Subversive, maximalist and unabashedly seductive, Gianni Versace’s (1946–97) designs infused high fashion with an entirely new ethos. “I don’t believe in good taste,” the legendary Italian couturier once explained. Instead, he had a sexy good time with fashion — as he did with life. Today, vintage Versace clothing, handbags and other accessories look astonishingly fresh and freshly relevant.

More than any designer before him, Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration. In fact, the New York Times noted in 1997 that the fashion industry “is now driven by contemporary culture because Mr. Versace made it that way.” Insiders consider his 1991/1992 Autumn/Winter runway show — which featured supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista lip-synching George Michael’s “Freedom! '90” — as the moment when the two worlds of fashion and pop culture became one, changing both forever.

Versace was born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. His mother was a successful dressmaker who employed more than 40 seamstresses. As a child, little Gianni marveled at her workshop, which would become a university of sorts, where he learned the exceptional construction techniques that were at the foundation of his creative expression. In 1972, at age 25, he moved to Milan to work in fashion. He launched his first collection — and his label — in 1978, with his older brother Santo managing the business concerns. Soon, sister Donatella, whom Gianni dressed and took to discos when she was still a child, joined the family venture, where she had a creative role and managed enormously popular ready-to-wear lines such as Versus.

Vintage Versace has become catnip for modern fashion enthusiasts who seek out the now-iconic house codes that originated in the designs of the 1980s and 1990s. His glamorous and seductive apparel — the clingy skirts and slender, strappy party dresses, as well as the erotic magazine ads that publicized them — looms large, but Versace’s art and historical influences were also vast.

Versace was an art collector, and he took on commissions to create costumes for theatrical performances during the 1980s and spoke of looking to numerous cultures for inspiration. This adventurous spirit of design resulted in his creating jewel-toned prints rooted in Grecian motifs, Etruscan symbols, the Italian Baroque and Andy Warholʼs Marilyn Monroe. There were slinky dresses in Oroton, his patented chain-mail textile that draped like satin, and leather bondage ensembles. Sex sold, for both women and men. Wrote the late curator Richard Martin, “[Versace] became the standard-bearer of gay men’s fashion because he eschewed decorum and designed for desire.”

Following Versace’s tragic murder in 1997, Donatella took over the role of artistic director and continued to evolve the house codes with a twist of her feminine and feminist perspective. Today, Santo Versace is chief executive officer of Versace and Donatella is its chief creative officer.

Browse an extraordinary collection of vintage Versace evening dresses, handbags, day dresses, accessories and more on 1stDibs.

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