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Missoni Runway Spring 2004 Leopard Cutout Open Back Maxi Dress
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. Their 70’s inspired 2004 Spring collection featured a memorable lineup of separates, swimsuits, beach cover-ups, and dresses in a kaleidoscopic array of patterns featuring everything from signature Missoni stripes to animal prints, flowers, and art-nouveau style swirls.
As seen as look #50 on that season’s runway, this sensational maxi dress is flirtatious and sophisticated at once. Done in an incredible gauzy tulle that is actually 100% silk, this dreamy, bohemian-inspired dress is transparent and light as a feather. The silk features a leopard print in neon shades of orange, pink, green, turquoise, amethyst, and blue against a light gold and crème ground.
The sleeveless design begins with a plunging halter neckline and a sensual zig zag cut out that spans the length of the bodice, creating a diamond pattern that emphasizes the natural lines of the body. The silk tulle fabric is gathered and draped to perfection at the neckline and skirt to create soft pleats that complement the fierce animal print. The cut outs are trimmed in golden-yellow knit ribbons that tie at the back of the bodice, holding the dress in place while also bringing the design together visually.
Size: 42 IT 6US
Size estimate: Medium
Low waist where skirt hits: 30 inches
Length: 63 inches
The skirt falls from the hips to a maxi length at the ankles, creating a slender, columnar silhouette. The double-layer skirt is still somewhat transparent – as intended, but extra coverage can easily be worn underneath if needed. A ravishing addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this beautiful maxi dress is the perfect choice for a beach wedding, evening soiree, or special occasion, and can easily be styled with statement accessories and strappy heels.
This Missoni maxi dress is unlined and has three ribbon tie closures at the back. 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.