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Missoni Purple Pink Sequined Maxi Slip Dress, S/S 1997 Documented
Famed for their iconic kaleidoscopic knits, Missoni crafts jersey fabric into comfortable, creative clothing. Since the conception of the brand in the 1950s, Missoni has mastered the art of pattern mixing and color combinations. Angela Missoni became creative director in 1997, marking the beginning of what would become a remarkable 20-year run that brought both commercial and creative success to the family brand.
As seen on the 1997 Spring/Summer runway in Milan, this incredible dress was also photographed on Amber Valetta by Steven Meisel for the March 1997 issue of Italian Vogue. A Missoni gem, this dress is done in a luxurious cotton knit that is completely covered with clear, iridescent sequins. The sequins give this dress a unique texture and beautiful sheen that catches the light from all angles.
The first portion of the dress features an ombre-like design made up of horizontal stripes in shades of bright orange, yellow, and cream that merge into stripes of orange and purple. The lower portion of the skirt features a geometric pattern in shades of light and dark purple, giving this dress a distinctive look that is joyous and sophisticated at once.
Size estimate: Medium
Bust: 34-36 inches
Waist: 32-34 inches
Hips: 38- 40 inches
Length: 62 inches
The sleeveless bodice begins with spaghetti straps and a low neckline, allowing the print to take center stage. The dress is fitted throughout and falls to a maxi length at the ankles, creating a slender, columnar silhouette. The bodice is cut lower at the back, adding a risqué element that is complemented by the thigh-high slits at each side of the dress. A sparkling addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this beautiful dress marks the beginning of an era at Missoni and is the perfect choice for an evening soiree or special occasion.
This documented Missoni dress is partially lined to the waist and slips on over the head for easy wear. In excellent condition, it 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.