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Details about  Runway Haute Couture Torrente Lalique Butterfly 30s Victorian Gown Wedding Dress

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Runway Haute Couture Torrente Lalique Butterfly 30s Victorian Gown Wedding Dress
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Excellent clean condition.
Decade: 2004 Runway Collection Material: Various silks & satins
Look: Fantasy dreams Rennaissance Brand: Julien Fournie for Torrente



Sublime  21st Century Paris Haute Couture Fantasy Dream Wedding Dress by Torrente

Designed by Julien Fournie for Torrente for the Fall 2004 Paris Runway Collection based on dreams and phobias

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This is a spectacular and utterly sublime one-off creation acquired from and finished the 'fall' 2004 Paris Runway collection by Torrente designed by Julien Fournie.

Both Torrente and individual French Designer Julien Fournie have acquired the honour of haute couture status and this is an extremely rare and sublime acquisition from this collection based on dreams and facing phobias, from which the dress is 'dream' inspired weddings, with inspiration from fashion history and fantasy.

The dress is sublime in design, cut, styling, inspiration, and movement and is a spectacular example of  21st Century Paris Haute Couture wedding dress encrusted with the most beautiful amber and glass-look cluster of 'in-flight' individual Lalique crystal butterflies broaches.

The cloth is cut from 3 silks, exquisitely cut and tailored, contoured multi panelled into the most perfect hourglass silhouette, with remarkable exaggerated military inspired leg o' mutton stylised sleeves in pale gold satin stripes, and mermaid style back train. From the runway collection you can see the perfect movement in the dress which is perfectly executed from the cut and choice of it's incredible fabrics.

The main dress is a cream matt silk, cut with simple collar, buttoned bodice, hourglass silhouette and stunning mermaid hemline. The cut and tailoring is exquisite and forms a perfect flattering fit and creates beautiful movement and fluidity on the dress.  The dress is cut from contoured panels from collar to hemline enhancing the perfect proportions of the classic hourglass shape. Buttoned bodice, with sleeves cut high into the arm raglan style with the seam running close to the collar. 

The one colour, simply styled main dress is perfect as backdrop or canvas for the beautiful 38 Lalique crystal butterflies, positioned in aggregated clusters to produce an almost in-flight or movement. These are all individual broaches attached to gold plated engraved clasps that are attached by individual silk threads to the dress. They do move due to the single thread attachment and clips and the colours are a dreamy amber and glass look that complement the main colour schemes based on golds and creams, seen through the multi golds banded satins on the sleeves,with the buttons a deep gold faceted 'glass' button central to the main bodice and sleeves; the military inspired braiding and tassels in a deep gold.

The main dress is hourglass cut, with high neck simple collar, and flared multi panelled skirt that simply falls as an hourglass statuette to the front and cut superbly to the back to produce a classic mermaid style. Individual panels inserted in the central back skirt to increase the cut and flare for the styling.

The sleeves are spectacular 'leg o' mutton' style with huge volume and pleats to the shoulders, bolstered by internal fabric support to hold the style, and finished at the elbow in straight, buttoned sleeves with invisible zip fastenings.

The dress is fully lined in a luxurious silk liquid white satin with invisible tailoring.

There is only one in existence and this is a truly original unique and spectacular haute couture garment, future collectable and very wearable.

Julien Fournie: very accomplished haute couture modern and young designer, having worked as creative director for Torrente, working with Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, worked with Jean Paul Gaulttier on haute couture as well as designing for Madonna tour, before setting his own eponymous label which can bear the rare highly regarded top status insignia of 'haute couture"

Cloth: main dress a very finely woven almost matt silk fabric, beautiful drape lacking sheen, perfect to accompany the high lustred silk satin sleeves, gold buttons and braid, crystal butterflies. Very fluid. Sleeves: are a woven luxurious fine silk satins in multi gold stripes. Butterflies: Lalique crystals (glass), with gold Lalique engraved clips. (these may or not be gold plated or actual gold, but are gold in colour). Braid: finest silk woven braid. Lining is a very fluid light as air white silver silk that helps with the movement of the dress. Crassness aside, but the Lalique engraved broaches are worth approximately £3,000 to £4,000 on their own.

Colour: The colour scheme are a sublime beautifully co-ordinated in a full range of gold tonals, from deep amber, rich golds to pale golds to creams.

The most perfect example of a haute couture wedding dress creation and the movement on the dress is sublime. The dress can be viewed in movement on Youtube, Julien Fournie for Torrente, 2004 collection Part 3 and is the last one to finish this show, as the fashion house mode is the wedding dress is de rigeur for completion of all the runways as is thee most spectacular final crescendo to any runway collection.

The picture above shows a frilled skirt that although appears in the show and the picture does not come with the dress. This was probably more as a protector for the delicate fabrics.

Size: estimate a modern UK 10 fit with hourglass proportions. Please see below for actual measurements and use these as a reference for your best fit. The true measurements are used but please allow an inch or so for your best fit to allow movement and proper drape. I will give maximum measurements but these will be a snug fit if this is your natural size. To err on the side of caution please allow 2 or more inches for best fit throughout. Please ask for any more confirmations of measurements or extra measurements.

Chest: 34"-36"

Waist: 28"

Hips: 36"

Sleeve: 27" approximately.

Wrist: 6+"

Length: Front: approximately 67", Back train: 73" approximately.

Shoulders: the sleeves are cut high into the shoulders.

Condition: Excellent condition. The dress, fabrics, tailoring and seams are in superb condition crafted to haute couture standards. However due to wear at the runway there are some very light smudges to the collar line which have been spot cleaned and removed. Almost invisible and cannot be photographed. There was one blemish to the front skirt of the dress which has also been spot cleaned, and removed.  Around the column of the lower skirt, very minor imperceptible blemish, small in size. These have lightened with spot clean. The blemishes have been removed completely and mentioned for accuracy sake. The dress is in exquisite, almost pristine condition, and appears to have been worn only once for the runway collection.

This garment will be heavily insured for delivery.

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