c.1992 Azzedine Alaia Dress w Beaded Hem & Hand Placed Mirror Finish
This dress is from the early 1990s and the 1992 collection featured a ton of dresses with this boy short interior finish under a series of minis. The dresses from this year were as well known for their prices as they were for their brevity. Elle reported that year that his collection was 'extraordinarily pricey with cardigans run around $1,400 and dresses between $2,500 and $3,500'. In a 10 page spread that season, Azzedine speaks of his 'delights in the space-age fabric he used for his Spring 1992 collection (he calls the NASA-developed material "Relax" for its purported ability to act as a screen against microwave emissions)'. Azzedine produced two versions of this dress for this collection. At first glance they look very similar. I have the other version in the shop as well at the moment. The other version has a silver grey colored thread that circles the hem. This version is its more couture counterpart, and uses a real metallic thread and hand spaced mirrors to finish the hem of the skirt.
The dress is made from Alaia's iconic black stretch knit. The neckline is set wide and scooped and finished with the scalloped edging that he was using during this time period. The knit has structure built into it and once on the body, it helps to shape and mold the body underneath it while never seeming too tight from the outside. The upper portion of the dress, including the sleeves, are done in a solid, flat weave knit. The skirt is set low on the hip and is semi-sheer with a grey knit finish for contrast. Onto this knit are hand set glass beads that run on little individual horizontal rows stacked up each vertical knit row. Little paste mirrors are set by hand in between each row. Each mirror is held in place by silver metal thread. I love the fullness of the skirt and the movement it has. Under the skirt is a boy short bodysuit that snaps into place to keep you from being scandalous and provide coverage. A rare and special dress from one of the greats. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes at the back with a hidden set zipper. The inner boy shorts snap to close. The fabric does have stretch. There is the slightest bit if shininess around the fabric and seam under each arm. Tagged a vintage Alaia Small.
Bust: 16.5-18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 27.5" from shoulder to inner snaps of shorts with some stretch available if needed, 31" from shoulder to bottom hem of skirt
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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