GILES as art

Fans can see the Amber Valletta S/S 14 dress at the V&A

When Deacon caught sight of an archive photograph of model Amber Valletta on Instagram by close friend and photographer Glen Luchford, it became the inspiration for one of the most iconic looks of his S/S 14 collection.

Now, the silk-screen printed column dress featuring the shot has become a work of art in its own right, displayed as part of the Victoria & Albert museum's permanent fashion collection.

The original image of Amber Valletta was an outtake from a Prada advertising campaign shot by Luchford in the 90s. Luchford was only too happy to collaborate with GILES and the original polaroid has been preserved in the V&A archives too.

The dress is exhibited along with the Adidas trainers and Cutler & Gross sunglasses that completed the original catwalk look from the GILES runway.

If ever proof were needed that fashion itself is investment-worthy art, this is it.