Early 2000s John Anthony Couture One Shoulder & Sleeve Densely Sequinned Glossy Black Dress
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 begin to offer this second round of a dozen exclusive pieces and samples that John pulled from his own archives
This dress is gorgeous just on its own with its one sleeve cut never mind the fact that every square inch of it is completely covered in thousands of tiny 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 from every angle and looks like liquid once on the body. They cover every inch of the dress and create a moving, sculpture as they fall and drape over the body. The cut of the dress is chic and simple so that the sequins can take center stage. The The neckline is cut on an angle to leave one shoulder and arm completely bare. On the other side the fabric extends out to a single long sleeve. The bodice is cut to skim over you. It extends down past the waist with an easy cut and skims over the hips. The skirt ends at just about the knee depending on your height. The base fabric under the sequins and the inner lining are both made from a stretch silk mix jersey so the dress is extremely easy and comfortable to wear. It is just the easy, super flattering dress that has lots of impact that you can wear over and over. It is just beautiful. It is finished by hand and made to demi-couture standards. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a back hidden set zipper and the fabric has some stretch. Hand finishes. I see some tiny areas of missing sequins near the edge of the neckline. The slightly larger area is at the back. With all the sequins on the dress you would not even notice this once on. Please see the two photos after the label shot. There are literally thousands of sequins covering the dress. It is even better in person. The stretch of the fabric should allow it to fit a range of sizes and the measurements below are the comfortable range when lying flat.
Bust: 16.5-18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38.5" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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