Tom Ford’s kimono-inspired Spring/Summer 2003 collection for Gucci was so sex-ay! I always wanted one of the printed mini dresses. In case you’re looking for a gift for me, one of the dresses has turned up on 1stdibs.com.
The cut-out back reminds me of back of the Fiorucci dress I loved so much in the ’80s.
Here’s how the Gucci dress looked on the runway.
That dress looks VERY mini on model Frankie Rayder, but I’m 6″ shorter than her so I’m confident the dress would cover my panties, which is a quality I like in a dress these days. I didn’t always care about that kind of thing. Some of my old skirts didn’t even show up in photos.
There was a controversial ad associated with this Gucci collection. Remember what NSFW means?
The ad showed model Carmen Kass pulling her panties down to reveal Gucci’s trademark “G” shaved into her pubic hair.
The image, shot by Mario Testino and published in the February 2003 issue of British Vogue, drew the ire of the tabloid press (gotta love how the sleaziest publications suddenly cry “offensive” and “sexist” when it suits them), but the advertising watchdog organization declined to ban the ad. I can’t remember what I thought of it at the time, but looking at it now, I think, “Meh. It’s just hair. I’ve seen worse on USAir’s Twitter feed.” That’s not to say that Tom Ford has never bothered me with unnecessary nudity. He has, though still not as much as the naked man I saw on the street one winter night. Read all about that in this 2009 post.
That dress is all sorts of wonderful. You must acquire it and wear it. take an outfit photo of it. I need to live through you to enjoy that dress.
It does really speak to me! I’m nervous about the fit though when it comes to vintage pieces where I”m not familiar with the sizing.
I remember that outcry – and thinking the exact same thing! I did find it vaguely scandalous at the time, what with it having not been done before. But now it seems so silly! Ah, how my expectations have adapted.
Right? I used to be so uptight!
That dress is very “you.”
How is the shaving thing sexist? Seems empowering to me — “this is mine and i can do whatever i want with it. including shave a letter G.”
I agree with you on the shaving! (Though I still wonder if it was really shaved or just photoshopped?!)
Yes, i also agree with you on the shaving! 🙂 GGG
Monika Faulkner says
Oh man, dear Wendy…after a day off at the beach this Saturday, I have SO much blog reading to catch up on; but I just can’t help clicking on your links!! Wonder what ever happened to the naked dude?! P.S. This Gucci dress is stunning, you would look incredible in it, and I will DEFINITELY buy it for you if I’m ever lucky enough to win the lottery (just to make up for the trauma of said naked dude!!) 😉
Now that I think of it, if you win the lottery, I’d prefer you’d buy lots of jewelry. LOL.