Cut on the bias, the simplicity of this 1996 slip dress says something about the mid-nineties fashion mood.
As worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to the Academy Awards, Calvin Klein said: "When Gwyneth came here she went right over to the bolts of fabric and picked out a pale charmeuse. I knew she was my kind of girl."
As Klein has been quoted saying: "...I always designed for what clothing revealed, not what it covered. It's all about knowing how to make fabric fall against a body so that we see the woman and not the dress."
In his wonderful book, 100 Unforgetable Dresses, Hal Rubenstein says:
"Paltrow's arrival sent out an almost-deafening message about the sensual sway of simplicity and of the command you can possess when you aren't upstaged by your clothes. She did have one thing on her arm though - her trim and tieless beau, Brad Pitt...So, who needs diamonds?"
If I dare, this number can be compared with Ariel's sparkle dress from the last scene in The Little Mermaid.
The Disney film was made in 1989, and maybe in a sign of the times, foreshadowed the taste for bias-cut dresses. I remember the spaghetti straps and sparkle that pervaded Topshop throughout the late nineties and into the noughties.