loris azzaro

Glamorous 1976 Loris Azzaro Couture Strapless Metallic Gold Sequin & Silk Satin Dress

Loris Azzaro launched his label in 1967 and quickly defined his trademark looks by using ornate fabrics and avant garde ways of defining the body. Some of the most beautiful women in the world wore his clothing including Marisa Berenson, Raquel Welch, Jane Birkin, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Tina Turner. It was a label that defined sexiness and had a certain French flare that women world-wide loved. By the seventies and eighties he was experimenting with volume and proportions and new fabrics that at the time were all cutting edge. This is a stunning example of his work during the mid-seventies period. An all sequin version of the dress was worn by the French-italian singer Dalida that same year. This is a label that I really love and am always happy to find pieces of.

This is a killer dress. It is one that will come to life even more once it is on an actual body and I hope the photos convey just how fabulous it is. Because in person it will be even better. The bodice of the dress has a sculpted feel to it that is incredible. The bodice is strapless and is seamed to be fitted and shaped around you. The top edge is curved into a modified sweetheart that plunges in the middle and the cups are sculpted for shape. Inside the bust there is one of his signature built in bras that is cupped and has light boning inside to help hold the shape and curves. The entire bodice is covered in overlapping gold sequins that catch the light from every angle. It nips in at the waist and then the skirt under that curves around your hips and the falls to the floor gently widening out as it nears the hem. The skirt is made of an ivory silk charmeuse and has a beautiful drape to it. At the back it is slit up the center quite high so that you see a flash of leg as you walk away. The dress is wonderfully made. It is a stunning dress and you will definitely turn heads in it when you walk into the room. It is a dress that is glamorous and red carpet worthy. It would make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any big event. Excellent condition.

The bodice has a built in bra as shows and the rest of it is unlined. The skirt is lined in an ivory silk. It closes with two zippers at the back. One for the bodice and another for the skirt. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little.

Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam with a B-small C cup
Waist: 13-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 12" from top of peak to bottom seam of bodice
Skirt: 44.5" from bottom seam of bodice to the hem
Slit: 26" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4016

Reference Photo: Dalida, wearing Azzaro, 1976.

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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