Norma Kamali’s ‘Modern Sculpture’ Turtleneck Dress Has Its Sleeves Attached to the Hem

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This was so close to being today’s Dress of the Day. At first glance I absolutely loved it – in fact, I think I probably still do love it – for that fantastic, striking silhouette. But then gradually, a lightbulb went off above my head as I realised the strange truth: that this is no ordinary dress. No, this is a dress in which the sleeves are attached to the hem. Hence that striking silhouette.

My small brain struggled to try and ignore this new information. I mean, it’s really quite funky, isn’t it? Or it would be, if you were careful to always walk around in the exact position the model is adopting in this picture, otherwise it would possibly look just like any other turtleneck dress, only with the sleeves attached to the hem. Ah, and what of those hem-attached-sleeeves? I’ve been sitting here trying to convince myself that it’s no biggie: that I could totally go about my business with my arms attached to my skirt. But then, what if I wanted to wave my hands in the air? Like I just don’t care? What if I raised my arm to wave to someone on the street, and, in doing so, raised my skirt to waist level, flashing my underwear to all and sundry, Britney style?

What do you think of this dress? Do you think it’s practical enough for everyday wear, or is it just lovely to look at? (Oh, and if you want to buy it, you’ll find it at Nordstrom, for $295)

11 Comments

  • January 25, 2008

    Danielle

    Nice to look at… terrible to wear! What if you need to catch a cab? You’ll probably catch a lot more when you raise your arm.

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  • January 25, 2008

    natasha

    absolutely beautiful…. but impossible to wear. are they selling it? i really can’t quite see how anyone would manage to wear it in real life.

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  • January 25, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Natasha – sorry, I forgot to say where you can buy it! You can get it at Nordstrom:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2959701/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6001765~6001766?P=2

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  • January 26, 2008

    Cassie

    I think its cute but you could only pull it off if you were stick skinny like the model. Impractical for “normal” looking women.

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  • January 26, 2008

    Kate

    No doubt this model doesn’t really eat, but how would she even take a drink?

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  • January 26, 2008

    Erika

    Are you kidding? There is no way this could be worn! The question itself is laughable. Maybe over something else, but obviously not functional on it’s own.

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  • January 27, 2008

    nora

    not practical at all and no one witha healthy figure could pull it off even just standing still.
    nora

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  • January 28, 2008

    Fides

    NICE but…impractical!

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  • December 24, 2008

    Lauren

    I purchased one, same style, different color. Tried it on, did my hail a cab move and guess what?… The dress stayed down! For more flexibility, just slide the arms up, the sleeves are loose and near the hem, it collapses into your body, my advice – don’t knock it ’til you try it. 🙂

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  • May 28, 2009

    Diandra

    I just want to take some scissors and cut it apart…It IS gorgeous, but totally unpractical! One of those things you’d see on the runway and think, “wow, it’s beautiful, but nobody’s going to wear it.”

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  • February 19, 2010

    Dión

    I love love love the dress. As far as the figure…my sisters, cousins, and I all have the same size as the model (plus 3 pounds). I’m sure any woman with geat legs can wear this since it’s short. I’ll be looking for the dress to buy!

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