loris azzaro

1980s Loris Azzaro Couture Densely Sequin Dress w Elaborate Silk Sleeves

I have only ever seen one other of these. His pieces were only ever made in very limited quantities. The tag is numbered and states that it is #8/BO and I suspect the number detonates the production model number. I can confidently date it to just after 1987 as it has a Fred Hayman Beverly Hills tag which came into being that year. Some of the most beautiful women in the world wore his clothing including Marisa Berenson, Raquel Welch, Jane Birkin, Dalida, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Tina Turner. It was a label that defined sexiness and had a certain French flare that women world-wide loved. Loris launched his label in 1967 and quickly defined his trademark looks with color, ornate beading, sequins, daring cut-outs and avant garde ways of defining the body.

The dress is pristine and even the labels inside are still crisp and brand new looking so I don't think it was ever worn. The dress is a figure hugging sheath that is covered in hand applied copper sequins that easily number into the thousands. Once on, these catch the light fantastically and shimmer with every move. The dress is cut to cover you from head to toe. The sleeves are long and it is cut to follow the curves of the body. At the back, the skirt extends out past the floor for a little drama. Both the back and the front are cut wide across so you see a glimpse of your collar bones and then it plunges into deep V's. I love how the sequins form a little peak at the front center bust to add a little extra detailing there. The shoulders are spectacular. An iridescent copper silk taffeta has been pleated and then this is fanned out and around each shoulder to dramatically frame the shoulders and face. He has used three stacked layers to achieve this look and I took photos from the side so that you can see how they are set to wrap around and under each arm. It is absolutely magnificent. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a copper silk and closes with a back painted metal & nylon zipper. Each sleeve has its own individual zipper at the cuff. Tagged a FR38. The fabric has a little stretch as it is bias cut. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.

Sleeves: 23.5"
Shoulders: variable
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from shoulder to front hem, 63" to back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2874

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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