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Emanuel Ungaro Peter Dundas Feather High Neck Gown, Runway F/W 2006


One of the most notable French designers of the 1960s alongside the likes of Cardin and Courregès, Emanuel Ungaro stood out with his loud color combinations and eccentric prints. While his designs are often lively, they take after a school of minimalist thought and tend to be practical, functional, and excellently crafted. Creative director Peter Dundas brought a Parisian rock-glam chic aesthetic to the Ungaro 2006 Fall/Winter runway that paid homage to the house’s roots with a vibrant modern edge. This is one of the only collections Dundas designed for Ungaro, making it a unique moment in the house’s history.

From that collection, this beautifully draped silk gown features a stained-glass print in pastel shades of yellow, blue, magenta, and turquoise on a black ground. The sleeveless bodice begins with a ruffled, elasticized high neck that is adorned with a gorgeous collar of black feathers that radiates outward over the shoulders. The feathers elevate the dress to the realm of the otherworldly, adding a layer of texture and depth to this glam rock goddess masterpiece.

Size: 40

Size estimate: Medium

Measurements: Bust: 36 / 37 inches

Waist: 28 Hips: 38

Length: 72 inches

The beautifully draped skirt falls from a shirred waistline to a maxi length at the floor, cascading past the ankles to form a circular train at the back of the gown. A draped panel beneath the bust opens to a thigh-high slit at the center front of the gown for heightened drama and greater ease of movement. At the back of the bodice, a small keyhole opening serves to balance the high neck while adding a sensual note.

An excellent addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this gown is the perfect choice for a wedding, gala, or special occasion. This incredible gown is fully lined in black silk and has a concealed button closure at the neck and a concealed back zip. In pristine condition, this Ungaro gown has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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