c.1984 John Anthony Black Metallic Lame Jersey Dress w Very Deep Front Plunge & No Back

John Anthony opened his label in 1971 and during the 1970s he produced some really outstanding pieces that were sexy but still felt sophisticated. His business was made to order so his pieces are all a one off or one of very few. His pieces are high quality and very well made.

This dress is very sexy and shows off a lot of skin but in the best possible way. The metallic lame jersey that he has chosen as the fabric is very lightweight. Once it is on it feels almost weightless. It is cut on the bias so once you slip it on the seaming and bias cut drape the dress over you and it feels like you are wearing nothing. The bodice is made up of two triangles that are set so that they gather in towards the middle of the waist where there is a large knot of lame. It is suspended by small straps that are made from the same fabric. These curve up and over each shoulder and then cross over themselves at the back The rest of the back is left completely bare and open. The front plunges insanely low to right above that front knot detail. Under that the skirt is cut so that the hem curves around with the front cut into a high slit. The second you move or sit you get a glimpse of leg almost to the upper thigh as a result. The ultimate Study 54 dress. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully interlined in a black chiffon and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Cut on the bias with light boning on the sides of the bust. Hand finished throughout

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2885

Reference Photo: Spring 1984 John Anthony Runway.

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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