azzedine alaia

Documented 1992 Azzedine Alaia Off Shoulder Black Knit Dress

The dresses from 1992 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)'. Striped versions of the dress here were featured both in the Alaia exhibit at the Groninger Museum and accompanying book 'Alaia- Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century,'.

The jet black knit that the dress is made out of hugs and shapes the body. 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 neckline sits low across the bust to suggests and give a nod to the cut of a Victorian corset. I love the off shoulder strap detailing that leaves the peak of the shoulder bare while a second strap curves around the top of the shoulder to meet the neckline. The upper edge of the neck is finished with his signature scalloped edging that he used during this time period. This little detail gives it a pretty and feminine touch. There is no defined waist  to the dress, it simply glides over the bust and down to hug the hips. It is utterly amazing and sexy as hell. Excellent condition

Unlined and closes with a hidden set zipper up the back. Tagged a vintage Alaia medium. The fabric does has some stretch

Bust: 15.5-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 33.5" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2336

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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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