Late 1980s Loris Azzaro Couture Dramatic Copper Sequin Dress
I have seen one other of these ever and I suspect this particular design was made in very limited quantities. The tag is number #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.
The dress is pristine and even the tags inside are still crisp and brand new looking. Azzaro was a beloved label and worn on a regular basis by women like Raquel Welch, Sophia Loren and Marisa Berenson. 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. This dress is as over the top as you can get and yet works. It is a figure hugging sheath covered in a dense application of hundreds of thousands of cooper sequins. Once on these glow in the light and seem to take on a life of their own. It covers you from head to toe with long slim sleeves and a body conscious cut. The back skirt extends a little longer and has modified, slightly trained mermaid cut. The top is wonderful. Both the back and front plunge with the sequins forming a little peak. A iridescent copper silk taffeta is pleated and fanned out and around the shoulder on both the back and front for the most dramatic framing of the shoulders and face. It is truly a magnificent piece and one that will stop people in their tracks. 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 38. the fabric has a little stretch as it is bias cut.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from shoulder to front hem, 63" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.