Exceptional Late 1970s Ady Couture Lausanne Black Silk Dress w Dramatic Wide Collar Shoulder Wrap
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 and Ungaro. There may have been others but this are the four houses I am confident on. I feel that this particular dress has a more Dior feel to it and it might even be a design that pre-dates the decades (the late 70s to 1993) where my client's aunt was buying and living in Switzerland. The dresses are completely made by hand to Haute Couture standards and are incredible pieces.
This dress is spectacular. The fabric is extremely high end and the workmanship is amazing. It is the perfect LBD. The design is very Dior and has the feeling of Dior's earliest work and in particular his last collection of 1957 where he used the shawl collar with a flower to anchor them. The collar is amazing. It is cut to wrap around you and sits high up and above the shoulders to frame the face. It is made out of a matte silk satin and I love the way that it drapes and folds into place. It creates a fabulous 'film noir' feel. At the front where is meets and hooks into place is a removable silk and velvet flower that adds detail and a touch of romance. I love that the flower was kept black so that the eye is not suddenly jarred. The tone on tone feel this creates is wonderfully dark and rich. Underneath is a simple pencil skirted dress that is made out of a moire silk taffeta in black. It skims over the bust, goes in with a seam at the waist and then falls in a sleek pencil to just past the knee. The shoulder have a light padding and you can see the hand done work and silk edging that they have added in the shot I have included here. The dress comes with its original silk covered belt that you can use to really add shape through the waist. Inside it is hand lined in a sensual black matte silk satin. 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 appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk satin and closes a back metal zipper. The belt buckles into place and the interior shoulders are lightly padded. It appears to have been for very little if at all. Made to Haute Couture standards with a tremendous amount of detail put into its construction.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to bottom of band at waist
Skirt: 24.5" from bottom of band at waist 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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