Tom Ford for YSL, 2004. Ford drew his inspiration from the archives of Yves Saint Laurent's 1977 Chinese collection for his F/W 2004 finale collection. Ensemble was recently shown in the Met's exhibition "China Through The Looking Glass" and is also featured in their exhibition catalogue.
The designer brilliantly used the chinoiserie patterns in a variety of Asian theme garments. In this finale evening collection. Ford's gowns were delicate, sophisticated and sexy. The cheongsams were styled in many ways. This one being offered is sleek. sexy, and fitted, featuring a wide swath of oxblood genuine mink fur hemline. Gown fashioned with bias cut teal underslip of silk chiffon with strapless boned bodice and back zipper. The cheogsam fashioned in silk in shades of teal, oxblood, with 2 high slits on each side. The ensemble designed to be worn together with wide keyhole bodice showcasing the dragon patterned bustline of the underslip.
Not many were produced and are quite rare. Full page in Tom Ford book.