Gianni Versace

GIANNI VERSACE Couture Spring 1994 Safety Pin Paisley Print Mini Dress Size M

This rare and stunning vintage Gianni Versace dress from Spring 1994 combines colourful paisley prints with the iconic safety pins that instantaneously became one of the house's signature design elements.

The dress is made of a rayon jersey and cleverly constructed. The sleeveless black and white bottom layer - seemingly a dress - is actually a romper. The integrated shorts will allow you to wear the dress with the greatest possible ease. The brilliantly coloured layer above is artfully draped and adorned with four large ornate gold- and silver-tone metal safety pins.

The dress is exquisitely crafted and features intricate closures such as a side zipper with several hooks and eyes and a hidden zipper and snap button fastening on top of one shoulder. 100% rayon, unlined. Made in Italy.

Glamorous and the ultimate eye-catcher yet very comfortable and easy to wear, this sexy colourful dress is the perfect statement piece for carefree summer days and nights.

Vogue's view on the collection: "Versace's Spring 1994 collection is rightly remembered as his most punk outing, and it's closely related to his bondage collection of Fall 1992. Bondage shocked, this one titillated. Versace made the source of his inspiration clear through his lavish use of pins and slashings. The cut-outs were the result of careful engineering, like a cable knit with open spaces among the twists. This was sexed-up gear designed to elicit not rebel yells, but mating calls."

Reference photos from the Gianni Versace Spring 1994 runway show (via Vogue Runway): 1.) Carla Bruni wearing a dress with the paisley print. 2.) + 3.) Yasmeen Ghauri and Helena Christensen in colourful dresses that play with safety pins and draped overlays.

Several Gianni Versace overlay safety pin pieces from Spring 1994 are held by the Metropolitan Museum New York.

CONDITION
Excellent, appears hardly worn. The only flaw are two pinholes below the two safety pins at the side where might have been another safety pin (see detail pictures). Not too obvious as the fabric is gathered into pleats there and might easily be covered with a Versace safety pin brooch if desired (the standard safety pin brooch currently available in the Versace online store is the same size and features a nearly identical design).

SIZE
Tagged "I 44" - fits true to size and equates to a D 38, F 40, US 8, UK 12, MEDIUM

MEASUREMENTS (laid flat and unstretched - the knit fabric has lots of additional stretch and will adjust to your body)
Bust 40,0 cm/15.7"
Waist 34,0 cm/13.4"
Hips 45,0 cm/17.7"
Length (center back) approx. 86,0 cm/33.9"