1980s Loris Azzaro Strapless Pink Silk Taffeta Mini Dress w Bustled Three Bow Back
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.
This is a fabulously bold and sexy dress. Azzaro chose a vivid pink silk taffeta for the fabric. It is the perfect fabric to help to hold the shape and give the dress structure while keeping it light in weight. The silk is draped over the body and set in a series of tightly spaced horizontal gathers that run from the top of the bodice to bottom of the hem. You can see the hidden set stitching where the gathers have been lightly caught in a line down the front. This is mirrored by an actual seam that runs down the back. The dress is strapless and the bodice is shaped into an exaggerated sweetheart neckline that plunges down in the middle to meet the centre stitching detail. The waist nips in beneath this by the way it is cut rather then having a waist seam that would break the line of the dress. Below that the skirt skims over the hips. It is cut to be short so that you get a mile of leg showing. You can even hike it up more around the hips of you want to wear it shorter and by doing that it makes the bows at the back have even more volume. The bows at the back create a modified bustle. Three panels of silk have been set stacked in folded loops one over top the next below it. They start just under the low back and end at the hem. Each loop is finished with a touch of an inner netting to help hold their shape. This adds a very dramatic and quirky detail to the dress that I love. 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 the back bustle panels have in inner lining of netting for shape and snap into place over the zipper. Hand finished.
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 27" from top peak of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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