antony price

1980s Antony Price Heavily Gathered Black One Shoulder Dress w Curving Zip Closure

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. You see that here in this unusual little black dress with its elaborate gathers and its fitted one shoulder silhouette. It is made of a black taffeta and all of the gathers have been done by  hand and set on a set on an angle that slope down to match the set of the single shoulder. What is really unusual about this dress is that the zipper closure is also set the follow the curves that are created in the fabric. Because of where it is set and how it wraps around the body I think that this was perhaps a deliberate design details that not only hid the zipper perfectly but might also have been done so the girl wearing it could have the option to leave the zipper opens to show a little skin. It has a slight bias cut to it because of the way the fabric is laid out. It is a dress that is meant to curve and wrap around your body once it is on. It is very sexy. The waist nips in and the skirt is cut slim and fitted. Trust me when I sat that this is a dress that needs an actual body to make it come to life. 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. handwritten M on the tag to denote size.

Bust: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2758

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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