Documented Fall 2001 Azzedine Alaia Couture Runway Dress in Ivory
The black version of this dress walked the runway for the Fall 2001 Couture show and I have had a black one in the shop but never the ivory until now. Versions of this piece have been a constant throughout Alaia's history and similar gowns featured prominently both in the Alaia exhibit at the Groninger Museum and accompanying book 'Alaia- Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century,'.
This long and sexy silhouette is perhaps one of the most iconic of all the Alaia designs and most certainly one that is instantly recognizable as being his work. It is a look that feels as fresh to wear now as it did when it was created. The dress is made from his signature stretch viscose jersey. This fabric molds to the body once on and is cut to hug every curve through the bodice and the waist. Under that it flows out into a very long, full length skirt that is made of yards and yards of fabric. The contrast of being fully covered and yet having your every curve show is signature part of his genius in covering the female form. The bodice of the dress is cut into a slightly higher neck and back and has low dipping sides. Raised seam work highlight the curves of the dress around the body and also create and emphasize the bust and waist. More seams curve around the backside and hug the body. The color is a creamy ivory. This dress would also make for a wonderful wedding dress for someone looking for something not as traditional. Excellent condition with one very minor note below
Unlined and closes with a hidden set side zipper. There are also hook and eye hidden at the top of one shoulder. The gown is bias cut so does come up in length a touch once on. It is tagged a vintage Alaia size Small and Alaia does run small. The knit will stretch a bit and allow for a bit of range size-wise. I have given the range laying flat and stretching out to its comfortable max - you might be able to squeeze a touch more if needed. There is a teeny bit of a very faint mark near the base of the zipper but it is extremely minor. Please see the photo provided after the label shot
Bust: will stretch to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 67" from top of shoulder to front hem, 70" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: (1) F/W 2001 Alaia Haute Couture Collection, Look 18. / (2) Alaia in his Paris Atelier with his long-time muse Naomi Campbell. / (3) Book: Alaia, Azzedine Alaia in the 22st Century, BAI publishers, Groninger Museum.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.