john anthony

Amazing 1979 John Anthony Couture Sea Green Jumpsuit Completely Covered in Sequins

John Anthony is an award-winning American fashion designer best known for simple, elegant clothing with a strong sense of chic. His work veers towards minimalism, with sharp tailoring, striking evening wear being his signature. He is renowned for his cutting and tailoring. From the day that he launched his atelier in 1971 his design philosophy is a fusion of function and purpose. The function is his logical, wearable approach; the purpose, his pared-down ideas. As a designer, he considers it his job to make things easy for the customer. He designs with focus and a narrow palette for both day and night, so items can easily intermingle. He uses natural fabrics and is noted for contradictory daywear fabrics in his evening collections. In the early 70’s he was one of the first designers to promote the idea of easy-to-travel clothes that resist wrinkling. By 1976, he was showing soft, liquid separates in muted colours that became his trademark and received 2 Coty awards, one in 1972 and one in 1976, as recognition. 

His business was all done on a made to order basis. That means the majority of pieces you will find are a one-off, or if there are similar pieces, very few of each piece exist. This personal attention to each dress is clearly seen in the workmanship of his pieces. His work is very expensive and beaded pieces did, and still do, retail for over $10,000. His work is a personal favourite of mine and I am thrilled to offer this exclusive nine piece capsule collection of pieces and samples that John pulled from his own archives to share with you. 

This jumpsuit is gorgeous just on its own with its cut and line never mind the fact that every square inch of it is completely covered in thousands of tiny sequins. Under all of those sequins the base fabric is a pale green silk onto which are thousands upon thousands of the tiniest sea green sequins. The sequins are all placed in a way that they slightly overlap each other which uses twice as many then if you laid them out side by side. This heavy coverage means that it catches the light magnificently. These literally cover every inch of the jumpsuit and create a moving, sculpture as they fall and drape over the body. The combination of colour, sequins and cut make you instantly seem taller and leaner. The top has a high collar that is detailed with a thick rope of sequins. This snaps into place around the neck and then snaps together at the front. This same piping of sequins also sits at the end of each cuff. The bodice is cut to skim over top and the sleeves are long. A matching sash covered in more sequins hooks into place around the waist for shape. The pants are cut wide and straight as they reach the hem and they help add to the sense of being long and lean. Because the base fabric is a very light silk the entire jumpsuit is shockingly light despite the heavy coverage of the sequins. It is just beautiful and extraordinary once in a lifetime find. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a green silk chiffon and closes with a back zipper. the collar snaps into place and the matching sash belt hooks to close. Light padding in each shoulder. Hand finishes. I see no bare areas. There are literally thousands of discs covering the jumpsuit. It is even better in person.

Sleeves: 24'
Shoulders: 14.5
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
, though the open back will allow for a larger cup size
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist
Pants: 45" from was it to hem
Inseam: 33"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3835

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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