1980s Ady Couture Lausanne Black Lace & Sequin Black Dress w Dropped Full Skirt
I am now on the second batch of very interesting pieces that are coming from a client whose aunt had most of her clothes made. This dress was made by Ady Couture and the story behind this label is fascinating. Ady Couture was based out of Lausanne Switzerland. She would buy couture fabrics from the couture houses along with the patterns and with permission make copies of the piece presented in the Haute Couture collections. When she was younger, and lived in Amsterdam, Ady would attend the private viewing and purchase directly from the couture houses. My client believes that her arrangement with the ateliers was a way to work around customs that prompted Ady to negotiate this arrangement with the ateliers. In my hunt for more information I have been able to verify that they made this permissible copies of the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix and Ungaro. There may have been others but this are the houses I am confident on. This one has a decidedly YSL feel to it. This dress would have been made during the time period my clients aunt lived in Switzerland, from the late 70s to 1993. The dress is completely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and it is gorgeous.
This is a gorgeous little dress that is even better on the actual body. The top is made of a fine silk netted lace with an open weave. It is backed by a black silk organza so it has just a touch of transparency to it once on the body. The lace is then covered with burst of densely applied sequins that form large flowers over its surface. The shoulders are lightly padded for shape and then the sleeves are cut to be fuller at the top and then they taper down to the wrist. The bodice skims over you to just past the waist to transition into a dropped skirt. The skirt is the perfect contrast to that decadent top. It is a simple black silk taffeta and set into the dropped low seam of the top with a series of soft pleats. This gives the skirt tons of volume. Inside and circling around the hips is a built in inner peplum to help hold the skirt away from the body. If you really wanted to create a very full shape you could easily add a crinoline underneath and really exaggerate the shape that you see. Inside the dress is all made by hand and has the haute couture details we all dream of. It is fabulous. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
The top is fully lined in a black silk organza and the skirt is a double layer of the silk taffeta. It closes with a back metal zipper. The interior shoulders are lightly padded and there is a built in inner hip peplum. Each cuff zippers to close. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Made to Haute Couture standards with a tremendous amount of detail put into its construction.
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped seam at top of skirt: 18"
Bodice: 20" from neck to dropped skirt seam
Skirt: 17.5" from dropped waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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