loris azzaro

1980s Loris Azzaro Couture Strapless Deep Pink & Purple Printed Silk Mini Dress w Flare Skirt

Loris Azzaro founded his label in 1967 and quickly was dressing women like Raquel Welch, Brigette Bardot, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, Sophia Loren, Marisa Berenson and many more. His label gained international recognition and was known for his bright, clear colour choices and daring cuts. He once said in an interview; 'When a woman has found her style, she should stick to it. We forget too often that it is the dress that must serve the woman and not the opposite.' He is one of my favourite designers to find and with all of the emphasis on recreating these looks from the eighties by many modern designers you can't beat these original vintage version on terms of cut, style and quality. 

I love how this dress combines the sexiness of the fitted strapless dress with the drama of that flared skirt. The dress is made out of a printed silk taffeta that combines a bold pink with a deep purple in a soft washed print that covers the entire dress. The silk keeps it light in weight but at the same time is the perfect choice to help to hold the shape and give the dress structure. The top portion of the dress has been gathered in soft folds from the bust to just past the top of the hips. The folds are set to help to highlight the hourglass shape of the dress. They have the illusion of being wrapped around you and they are set on dramatic curves to really emphasize the shape of the body underneath. The neckline is strapless and the top of it curves over the bust to make a sweetheart neckline. The centre plunges down and is set to perfectly meet where the draping crosses over on each side. Inside the dress there is one of his signature built in strapless bras for extra support. The waist nips in beneath this and the shape you see is created by the cut rather then having a horizontal waist seam to break the line of the dress. The gathers continue down and over the top of the hips for shape. Below that the skirt flares out in soft folds and volume. There are two layers of the skirt and this lets the skirt move with your slightest move. It is even better on an actual body. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a pink silk and closes at the back with a painted metal and nylon zipper. The bodice is boned and there is a strapless bra set into the inner bodice. Hand finishes throughout that are to the demi-couture standards his main line pieces were made to.

Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from top peak of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3307

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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