Ady Couture

1980s Ady Couture Lausanne Transparent Lace & Sequin Jacket Suit w Black Pencil 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 set 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.

Black is sometimes so hard to photo and I really feel that this set is not being done full justice with these photos. It  is so much better in person and on an actual body. The jacket is just exceptional in real life. It is entirely made by hand and the majority of the jacket 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. Then onto that it is covered with burst of densely applied sequins that form large flowers. The shoulders are a solid fabric and this extends down into angled panels at the front and the back. Each shoulder is lightly padded for shape and then the sleeve are long and also have that hint of transparency to them. The bodice skims over you with just a suggestion of of shape through the waist. Big glassy faceted buttons close the jacket down the front. The collar is small and neat and set back from the front of the jacket. The skirt is the perfect simple contrast to that decadent jacket. It is a simple black pencil shape and it is also entirely by hand. The more simple and sleek silhouette balances the drama of the jacket. Both piece are made by hand and have all the couture details we all dream of. It is a fabulous suit that can be made to be a very glamorous evening look. I love that you can also mix and match the pieces with things from your own existing wardrobe. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition 

The jacket is fully lined in a black silk organza where the lace parts are and the opaque panels are lined in a fine black silk. The skirt is also lined in a black silk. The jacket buttons to close down the front and the skirt closes with a side set zipper. The interior shoulders are lightly padded. 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: 22.5"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24.5" from neck to hem

Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3800

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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