1971- 1973 Loris Azzaro Purple Metallic Lame Crochet Knit & Silver Chain Top
Loris Azzaro founded his label in 1967 and quickly was dressing women like Raquel Welch, Brigette Bardot, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, Sophia Loren, Marisa Berenson and many, many more. Tina Turner in particular was a huge Loris Azzaro fan and ordered a ton of pieces from his atelier that she then wore onstage for numerous appearances. She made this particular style of top an instant iconic piece. In 1973 Audrey Hepburn was also spotted wearing a version of this same top.
There are several variations that Azzaro did of this piece. Some slip over the head and others, like this one, snap to close down the front much like a cardigan/sweater style. This top has the extra bit of rarity in that it is done in a combination of purple and silver. I have not seen another one of these in purple before and I love it. It is made out of a combination of a purple and silver lame that has been crocheted. The knit portions make up the body of the top and then circle each elbow and wrist. The arms between the knit parts are made up of silver and purple aluminum chain link so you get that wonderful open feel. More chains loop all around the cuffs and then finish the hem with a fringe of chains. The use of aluminum was cutting edge at the time and it keeps the top amazingly light in weight. It also allows the chain and fringe to have amazing movement when you move. Made by hand and looks like it has been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes at the front with hidden set snaps. The knit has some give. The measurements below are the comfortable range of the give when the top is lying flat.
Bust: 14-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19" from shoulder to bottom of fringe
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1-2) Tina Turner in Loris Azzaro, 1971. (Two separate performances) / (3-4) Audrey Hepburn in New York, 1973.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.