In his second couture season, Giovanni Bedin continued to preciously build on the house’s couture heritage with a group of ballerina-inspired dresses and coats. Keeping skirt lengths to a tutu-friendly 25.5 inches, Bedin compared the designs to shells, each harboring corset-based underpinnings and removable pannier skirts. Elaborate outer layers conveyed different moods, from an oriental-flavored black dress with colored beading to skirts with gold-lace-sheathed, Elizabethan-style ruffs, while redingote-style coats wore contrast piping. The looks resembled ornate costumes, and the effect was rich and striking, but a little too mired in museum territory.

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