Ady Couture

1980s Ady Couture Lausanne Black Lace & Sequin Black Dress w Dropped Full Skirt

This dress was made by hand in the atelier of Ady Couture who was based in Lausanne Switzerland. Ady herself was a couture trained seamstress and headed a team who had full permission of the Haute Couture houses she worked with to make the designs they showed in Paris for clients based in Switzerland and the surrounding areas. She would purchase the couture fabrics from the couture houses along with the patterns and then make the actual dresses in her atelier. This arrangement with the couture houses was a way to work around customs during this time period and do fittings for clients unable to travel to Paris. So far we have verified that she had this arrangement with Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy and Ungaro. There may have been others but those are the four labels we have documentation on from the runway. This one has a decidedly YSL feel to it. This dress would have been made during the time period my clients aunt lived in Switzerland, from the late 70s to 1993. The dress is completely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and it is gorgeous.

This is a gorgeous little dress that is even better on the actual body. The top is made of a fine silk netted lace with an open weave. It is backed by a black silk organza so it has just a touch of transparency to it once on the body. The lace is then covered with burst of densely applied sequins that form large flowers over its surface. The shoulders are lightly padded for shape and then the sleeves are cut to be fuller at the top and then they taper down to the wrist. The bodice skims over you to just past the waist to transition into a dropped skirt. The skirt is the perfect contrast to that decadent top. It is a simple black silk taffeta and set into the dropped low seam of the top with a series of soft pleats. This gives the skirt tons of volume. Inside and circling around the hips is a built in inner peplum to help hold the skirt away from the body. If you really wanted to create a very full shape you could easily add a crinoline underneath and really exaggerate the shape that you see. Inside the dress is all made by hand and has the haute couture details we all dream of. It is fabulous. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition 

The top is fully lined in a black silk organza and the skirt is a double layer of the silk taffeta. It closes with a back metal zipper. The interior shoulders are lightly padded and there is a built in inner hip peplum. Each cuff zippers to close. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Made to Haute Couture standards with a tremendous amount of detail put into its construction. 

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped seam at top of skirt: 18"
Hips: open
Bodice: 20" from neck to dropped skirt seam
Skirt: 17.5" from dropped waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3798

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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