loris azzaro

1980s Loris Azzaro Couture Black Silk & Net Sequin Floral Bodice Dress w Swag Hip Detail

Loris Azzaro launched his label in 1967 and quickly defined his trademark looks by using ornate beading, sequins, daring cut-outs and avant garde ways of defining the body. Some of the most beautiful women in the world wore his clothing including Marisa Berenson, Raquel Welch, Jane Birkin, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Tina Turner. It was a label that defined sexiness and had a certain French flare that women world-wide loved. By the eighties he was experimenting with volume and proportions and new fabrics that at the time were all cutting edge. This is a stunning example of his work during this period. This is a label that I really love and am always happy to find pieces of.

This is a killer dress. It is really one that will come to life once on an actual body and I hope the photos convey enough of how fabulous it is because when worn this one will be even better. The upper bodice is made out of a black netting that has embroidered flowers worked through it. Each flower design is finished with a series of curved and looped rows of sequins. There is no backing to the netted parts of the design and it is set to dip well under the bust at the front and then dips low at the back. This same netting has been used to make up each long cut sleeve. This gives you a semi-transparent coverage over these areas and this is where that mix of sensuality and sexuality that his work always has becomes so apparent. Since your bodice is left exposed with the way the netting is laid out, you have the choice to wear it as bare as you dare.... you could wear nothing under it, wear just nipple covers, or do as much or little coverage as you wish with bras, bandeaus or camis. The rest of the dress is made from a bias cut black opaque silk that sits and drapes beautifully around the body. It is set to give the illusion that it simply wraps around you like a sarong and has a hip swag on one side that gives it a bit of a forties feel. The skirt is curved and wrapped and the edges of the skirt and the swag are finished with a band of the same sequin netting as the top. The skirt is cut to narrow in around you as it nears the hem. This brings all the emphasis to the curves of your body above. The way the skirt is wrapped leaves it open right to the swag and there is a built in mini skirt underneath to keep it from exposing everything when you walk or move. If there was ever a dress that needed a body inside of it to bring it to life, this is it. It is stupendous once on. Excellent condition

There is a partial lining set from under the netting part of the top to the top of the thighs. The rest of the dress is unlined. It closes with a back set zipper and each sleeve has a button and loop closure. It appears to have been worn very little if at all

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to longest point of the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3723

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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