loris azzaro

Stunning 1980s Loris Azzaro Strapless Bright Pink Silk Taffeta Layered 'Petal' Dress

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 seventies and 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 dress is gorgeous. It is made from a bight pink light and fine silk taffeta that allows it to have the fullness you see without it being weighty once on the body. The dress is meant to feel like petals of a flower as it wraps around the body. The bust is strapless and the bodice is fitted. Inside is one of his signature wired cup bras built into the dress for support. Silk petals are layered over and around it and they are set to go upwards towards the shoulders. The neckline curves over the breast and dips in the centre. The petals are lightly tacked into place to they are allowed some movement. The silk is very light and fine so that when you move the lightly move with you. The waist is defined by a gathered band of the same silk and nipsin for shape. Under that the skirt flares out and lie the bodice is covered in petal shaped curves of silk. These are layered down wards so that each layer floats over the other to the hem. Underneath is an inner skirt that has stiffened netting to help hold the shape and volume that you see. If you wanted to make the skirt very full you could easily add a light - medium weight crinoline under it. The layers again have a subtle movement when you move that is wonderful. It is a gorgeous dress. I love it. Excellent condition 

Fully lined in a pink silk with a light boned through the bodice and built in bra as described above. Inner skirting as described above. It closes with a back zipper and then the petals close and are held inlace with a series of hidden snaps. I see one tiny repair on the back lower inner skirt near the hem that is not visible as it lies under the petals. Otherwise looks to have been worn very little if at all. 

Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A-B cup
Seam under the bust: 13"
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 9" from top of bodice to waist and the petals extend about 2" above the top of the bodice. This includes a3" band between the cups and the skirt 
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3893

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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