The difficulty in closing the zipper is also related to the fabric being stiff and heavy. Much stiffer and much heavier than one could judge from the pictures in the website. The bust area is almost a shell, and in summer this dress could make you sweat a lot.
Also, I personally find the beadings in the shoulders quite ugly, but they don't look much different than in the website.
The main upside of this dress is that the criss-cross effectively hides your belly fat, if you have any. The colour (Burgundy) was also in line with our expectations. If you get the right size (perhaps consider getting it custom made) it may be very elegant.
Shipment: on time