This elaborately sequin and bead covered dress is even better in person. The workmanship on it is outstanding with a dense, hand applied application of large black paillettes, smaller sequins, beads and curving ropes of seed bead work that give it even more of a 3D effect. The bead work covers every square inch of the fabric and each one has been meticulously placed by hand onto the black stretch knit base. Once that dress is actually on, it hugs and molds to the body. The dress has a very intentional simple cut to offset the extensive bead work. It is a chic sheath silhouette with a slightly nipped in waist, long skirt, a barely there suggestion of a cap sleeve and a V neck. The back is also finished with a V cut that is set so that it dips lower down the back then the front. The hand work done on the dress gives it a three dimensional quality as they are set raised up from the knit. Glossy black flowers are formed from the combination of the various beads used and thick ropes of twisted black seed beads loop and curve through the design from top to bottom. Everything has a high gloss finish and I love the way it gleams in the light. It is also a great wearable size and the knit base makes it feel fantastic once on and extremely comfortable to wear. Excellent condition.
The bead work and sequins are hand applied onto what feels like a cashmere mix knit base. It closes with a back metal zipper. The edges of the slit on the skirt are finished with a black silk panel of fabric but it is otherwise unlined. The knit gives it quite a bit of stretch and the measurements give below are the comfortable range lying flat. You may be able to get a bit more then that if needed. It still has the high end department store Neusteters label but if it had another designer label at some point that is now a mystery.
Bust: 18-22" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-17" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-22" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to waist seam
Skirt: 37" from waist to bottom hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photo: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival
Surprisingly, this Azzedine Alaia dress is from one of his more recent collections despite its nod to some of his more classic work. He actually did a very similar dress to this in the 1990s with a slightly different woven pattern. It is made from ribbed and patterned knit in a stark white. This lies over a nude colored inner sheath so that it appears that you are wearing the knit over your bare skin. This inner lining is a stretch knit that hugs and molds to your body to help hold things in place and create a smooth line for the dress to fall over. As with all Azzedine Alaia pieces, this dress is cut to hug and highlight your every curve. The workmanship and the fabric is the best you can get and I love the saucy, flippy little skirt at the hem that finishes the dress with its feminine ruffle. A V neck at the front and no sleeves are the perfect balance to the long, supermodel length. This still has part of a Barney's tag attached and has never been worn. This is classic Alaia and a play on an earlier design he made famous in the nineties. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a nude lingerie weight jersey. It slips on to wear with no closures. Tagged a modern Alaia 38 but has lots of stretch so should accommodate a range of sizes.
Bust: will stretch to about 18" flat across from side seam to side seam comfortably
Waist: will stretch to about 15" flat across from side seam to side seam comfortably
Hips: will stretch to about 18" flat across from side seam to side seam comfortably
Length: approx 62" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-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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