1970s John Anthony Couture Beaded Lace Strapless Dress
John Anthony opened his label in 1971 and during the 1970s he produced some really outstanding pieces at a couture level, that were sleek, sexy and sophisticated. His business was all done on a made to order basis. That means the majority of pieces found are a one-off, or if there are similar pieces, very few of each piece exist. This personal attention to each dress is clearly seen in the workmanship of his pieces and his work is a personal favorite. This dress is wonderful and is constructed from a fine brown colored lace that is placed over an double layer of nude silk chiffon. This layering effect gives it just enough coverage to keep it from being see-through but keeps it very light and easy to wear. It also give the allusion that the wearer has one less then she actually does. The combination of lace and silk give it a slight lingerie inspiration feel that i love. It is constructed to demi-couture standards and is hand finished with exquisite touches. The lace is detailed with clusters of round copper colored beads that are sewn into place by hand and scatted over the entire gown. The interior bust is supported by a built in bodice that is cleverly concealed by another layer of silk so seems to not exist when on the body. It hugs and molds to the body and the strapless silhouette is very flattering. The legs are given extra attention with a high cut side slit. All of the edges have the lace peaking over the inner seam work so you can see the scalloped edges. Excellent condition.
Fully lined with two layers of a fine nude colored silk chiffon and an additional layer of tissue silk through the bodice. It closes with a hand set back painted metal zipper and the exterior lace closes over that and secures with hook & eye. Boning through the bodice. Hand sewn finishes and the bead work is hand placed and hand sewn. Note that is does fully close at the back on the proper sized girl
Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 50" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS
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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