Ady Couture

1980s Ady Couture Lausanne Yellow Bias Cut Silk Satin Two Way Tunic or Mini Dress

This is another amazing piece from my client whose aunt had most of her clothes made. This one, like several others already in the shop, was made by Ady Couture and the story behind this label is fascinating. Ady Couture was based out of Lausanne Switzerland. She would buy couture fabrics from the couture houses along with the patterns, and then with permission from the ateliers, would make copies of the pieces presented in the Haute Couture collections from those ateliers  When she was younger, and lived in Amsterdam, Ady would travel to attend the private viewing and purchase directly from the couture houses and built up strong relationships with them. My client believes that negotiating the arrangement to make things at her own atelier was a way to work around customs and that is what prompted Ady to negotiate this unusual arrangement with the various couture houses. In my hunt for more information I have been able to verify that they made permissible copies of the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix and Ungaro. There may have been others but this are the houses I am confident on. The dress is completely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and it is incredible.

This is a dress that when you see it on the hanger is really doesn't look like much but the second it hit the dress form it came to life. I can only imagine how amazing it will be once on an actual body. It is made out of a rich liquid silk satin that drapes and falls over the body beautifully. The bodice is cut to drape into place in a loose and easy way and then it nips in at the waist. The skirt below that hugs the hips and is scooped upon at the front. A long attached tie drapes over the scoop at the front and makes it wearable (barely) as a micro mini if you dare to wear something this short. If you are not as brave you could wear it with opaque tights or as a top over pants or a skirt. The panel that is attached around the waist hooks into place and then the hooks extends up and below with more hooks. This is how it closes and when you unhook it the entire dress opens. There is a long open slit between where the hooks and above the waist and the hook that sits at the neck below the bow. What is fascinating about this one is that you could easily wear it either way on the body. I have photoed it both ways for you to see. It definitely gives the piece more versatility and you can style this one a million ways. It is gorgeous and that pop of bright colour is just spectacular. Inside it is completely finished to couture standards with every seam hand finished. I have taken some detail shots for you to see the fine workmanship. This is a very difficult fabric to work with and it is finished to perfection. It is an incredible piece and beautifully made. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition 

Unlined with couture finished inner seaming. The dress/tunic wraps around you and hooks into place at the waist and then has more hooks above and below that. Hand finished throughout. Softly padded shoulders and padding is also hand made. 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: approx 26"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: is loose and open to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
The length is very hard to measure because it is all bias cut... it is approx 36" long once on - you can adjust it uo or down a bit by pulling the bottom panel higher or lower

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3717

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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