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Prada Black Cutout Patent Trim Dress, 1990s
Fashion is about revision and remixing just as much as it is about novelty and innovation. Season after season, Prada consistently captures both of these key elements, creating unique designs that feel contemporary years after their debut.
Known for collections that go against the cliché, some of Prada’s most memorable designs from the Nineties favored minimalist, clean silhouettes with sheer elements that exuded a gauzy sexuality. From that decade, this black cut out dress is quintessential Prada at its best. Done in a black textured fabric with a ruffled silk trim, this dress is feminine and quietly seductive at once.
The bodice begins with short flutter sleeves and a deep U-shape neckline that is trimmed with sheer black silk ruffles and adorned with a black patent leather bow at center front. A half circle cut out just beneath the bust adds a risqué element to the dress, which is intersected and bordered by patent leather trim that circles the rib cage, emphasizing the natural lines of the body while creating a baby doll silhouette.
Size estimate: SML/MED
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 34 inches
Length: 40 inches
The dress falls from the fitted empire waistline to the ruffled silk hem, which reaches just below the knee. The back of the dress mirrors the front with a deep U shape neckline that is also trimmed with sheer black silk ruffles. The perfect addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress offers a sophisticated blend of sweetness and sexiness that makes for an excellent cocktail or party dress.
A similar version of this Prada dress was worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the September 1999 issue of Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel. In excellent condition, this 1990’s Prada dress closes with a concealed side zip and 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.