A dress can be a work of art. And perusing through the 2012 Resort collections there are many that fit that description.

These are feats of beauty that you may never buy, may never even chance to borrow; and if you did find yourself wearing one it might be for one occasion only, kept sacred to those hours in which the dress’ fabric swirled around your body and transformed you into someone else. Something else. A fairytale princess. A starlet from the golden age of Hollywood. A bride. Or just an extremely elegant, inappropriately dressed but drop-dead gorgeous siren. It doesn’t matter which, the point is the transformative quality of an amazingly designed dress. And that, no matter if you wear them or not, it doesn’t really matter – because a work of art is also there to be admired.

So without further ado (and in no particular order) here are 10 gowns – 10 intricate, floor-length, yet utterly wearable gowns – from the resort 2012 collections that may just take your breath away.

10 amazing resort gowns

For plenty more in these particular collections you can also follow the links through to their respective full galleries.

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