c.1992 Azzedine Alaia Flared Skirt Mini Dress w Boy Short Interior
This dress is early 1990s and the 1992 collection featured a ton of dresses with this boy short interior finish under a series of minis. The dresses from this year were as well known for their prices as they were for their brevity. Elle reported that year that his collection was 'extraordinarily pricey with cardigans run around $1,400 and dresses between $2,500 and $3,500'. In a 10 page spread that season, Azzedine speaks of his 'delights in the space-age fabric he used for his Spring 1992 collection (he calls the NASA-developed material "Relax" for its purported ability to act as a screen against microwave emissions)'.
The dress is made from that now iconic, black stretch knit. The neckline is set wide and scooped and finished with the scalloped edging that he was using during this time period. The knit has structure built into it and once on the body, it helps to shapes and mold the body underneath it while never seeming too tight from the outside. The upper portion of the dress, including the sleeves, are done in a solid, flat weave knit. The skirt is set low on the hip and is semi-sheer with a grey knit finish for contrast. I love the fullness of the skirt and the movement it has. Under the skirt is a boy short bodysuit that snaps into place to keep you from being scandalous and provide coverage. A rare and special dress from one of the greats. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes at the back with a hidden set zipper. The inner boy shorts snap to close. The fabric does have stretch. Tagged a vintage Alaia Medium.
Bust: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 28" from shoulder to inner snaps of shorts with some stretch available if needed, 31.5" from shoulder to bottom hem of skirt
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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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