The Modern Artisan

Pleated silk midi dress




  • YOOX NET-A-PORTER for The Prince’s Foundation
  • Exclusively available at NET-A-PORTER, YOOX and THE OUTNET
  • Navy silk
  • Concealed zip fastening along back
  • Pleats at waist
  • Full sleeves with Mother of Pearl buttons at cuffs
  • 100% silk
  • Dry clean
  • Designed in Italy, Crafted in the UK




Designed in Italy


Da Vinci in the detail

For centuries, silk has been shuttled across looms on the shores of Lombardy’s Lake Como, and it was here that Giulia, with this Italian textile heritage in mind, designed this beautiful dress. It’s a material that particularly lent itself to the study of drapery that characterised Leonardo da Vinci’s art, and in this garment is deftly used in voluminous sleeves that lead into buttoned cuffs and tucked pleats at the waist, giving way to a flared midi skirt.


Data in design

The skirt length is the direct result of the data-driven principles applied to the design process to ensure lasting luxury design. With exclusive access to YOOX NET-A- PORTER data, the designers were able to identify a growing long-term customer preference for midi lengths.

Crafted in the UK


Handmade at Dumfries House

This dress has been made by hand at Dumfries House by Jillian, Tracey, Nicole and Graeme. It is made of GOTS-certified organic and 100% traceable navy silk, made in Italy, on the shores of Lake Como, by Centro Seta. Not only is the material used natural, but also single-fibred, so while it has been designed to last and be re-loved for years to come, it can also be easily re-made and recycled at the end of its life cycle.


Lasting luxury

Make your loved clothes last

Recommendations from YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP partner Clothes Doctor on how to keep this piece looking its best for years to come. Contact Clothes Doctor for more detailed care and repair advice.

  • Lightly steam with a dash of our Eco Wash for Silk and Delicates in the water to refresh, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and remove odour. The steam will cause the fibres and fabric to swell providing a fuller and more colourful look.
  • Place a Fragrance Bag on the hanger with the dress to naturally deter moths. Ideally also keep the dress inside a moth proof garment bag.

The Artisans

Giulia Albini
Graeme Bone
Nicole Christie
Jillian Halfpenny
Tracey Whalen

The Womenswear Collection

The Project

The Modern Artisan is a unique partnership between YOOX NET-A-PORTER and The Prince’s Foundation, the educational charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales, designed to create a sustainable luxury capsule collection of menswear and womenswear as part of a new training initiative to strengthen textile skills training.

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