Exceptional 1980s Ady Couture Lausanne Black Velvet Dress w Open Back & Bows
I have several interesting pieces coming that are from a client whose aunt had most of her clothes made. This dress was made by Ady Couture and the story behind this label is fascinating. Ady Couture was based out of Lausanne Switzerland. She would buy couture fabrics from the couture houses along with the patterns and with permission make copies of the piece presented in the Haute Couture collections. When she was younger, and lived in Amsterdam, Ady would attend the private viewing and purchase directly from the couture houses. My client believes that her arrangement with the ateliers was a way to work around customs that prompted Ady to negotiate this arrangement with the ateliers. In my hunt for more information I have been able to verify that they made this permissible copies of the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix and Ungaro. There may have been others but this are the houses I am confident on. I feel that this particular dress has a very Christian Lacroix feel to it and it would have been made during the time period my clients aunt lived in Switzerland, from the late 70s to 1993. The dress is completely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and it is gorgeous
The dress is made out of an inky black velvet that reflects back the light around it remarkably. It has a slight bit of a texture to it that adds to that feel and it really adds a dimension to the fabric. The design is very Lacroix and has the feeling of his earlier work especially in the back with its open cut outs, bows and that flounce at the hem. At the front the dress has a very simple cut. The sleeves are long and slim down as they near the wrists. The shoulders are soft and rounded and the neckline is squared off and cut wide across. The dress skims over the body with just a suggestion of shape through the waist but there is no seam there to break the eye. The skirt flares out softly. simple and perfect. Then, when you turn around, the dress becomes pure drama. It starts with an angled diamond shaped cut out at the top that exposed the bare skin of the back. two panels of fabric that are finished with a black silk taffeta fold out on either side of the diamond and then a large black silk bow is placed at the centre. The seam under that hides the zipper and then there is a second bow just above the bottom of the skirt and over a flounce of fabric that extends longer then the rest of the hem. There is silk gathered underneath that bottom flounce for a bit of volume and if you really anted to exaggerate the line there, I feel that you could put a crinoline under the skirt that has all of its volume at the back. This would really create an interesting shape. It is gorgeous worn as is of course but I always love to have an option to create even more drama should the occasion call for it. The workmanship is of the highest quality and I had added an interior shot so that you can see how beautiful it is finished. It is completely finished by hand to Haute Couture levels. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk satin and closes with a hidden set back metal zipper. Each cuff zips to close. Light padding in each shoulder. Made to Haute Couture standards with a tremendous amount of detail put into its construction.
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31" from neck to front hem, 36" to the longest point of the back 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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