1980s Antony Price Hand Gathered One Shoulder Black Taffeta Dress
Antony Price launched his label in 1979 and quickly became known as one of the more glamorous designer of the eighties. His work tended to have a mix of femininity and toughness that showed off the body and often had dramatic over-the-top finishing touches. Supermodel Jerry Hall was a muse and the rock and roll crowd adored him. You can see that mix of tough and feminine in this fabulous little dress with its elaborate gathers and its fitted one shoulder silhouette.
The dress is made out of a black taffeta and all of the gathers have been set by hand. The dress and its gathers have been molded around the body on a curving angle that are set to slope down on the same line as the shoulder. The fabric and the way that it has been gathered gives the dress a slight bias cut to it so that it moves easily over the body once on. It is a dress that is meant to curve and wrap around your body like a second skin. It is very sexy. The waist curves in and the skirt is cut slim and fitted. What is fascinating about this dress is that the zipper closure is set the follow the curves of the gathers. Instead of a normal vertical zipper at the side or back, he has set his zipper to wrap around the body so there is no line to break the design. This not only completely hides the zipper perfectly but might also have been done so the girl wearing it could have the option to leave the zipper open a bit to show a little skin if she wished. This is a dress that needs an actual body in it to make it truly come to life. It is amazing. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a curving set zipper as described above and shown in the photo. Appears unworn. Tagged a size medium on the handwritten tag but cut small
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 40" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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