Glamourous 1980s Loris Azzaro Black Off Shoulder Leather Look Dress w Hip Peplum
Loris Azzaro launched his label in 1967 and quickly defined his trademark looks by using ornate beading, sequins, daring cut-outs 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 this period. This is a label that I really love and am always happy to find pieces of.
This is a killer dress. It is really one that will come to life once on an actual body and I hope the photos convey enough of how fabulous it is because when worn this one will be even better. The dress is made out of a leather looking fabric that has a slight texture running through it. It is shockingly light in weight and easy to wear. The entire dress is made out of it and I love the very unusual feel it gives the dress. The neckline scoops down into a wide cut V at the front and the back and then the shoulder are set side enough so that it sits off shoulder. The sleeves are cut straight and fall to just below the elbow. The bodice is shaped with curved vertical seaming and light inner boning and the waist is seamed. Curving around the waist is a an attached peplum in the same fabric. This starts on either side of the waist at the front and the begins to drop down and around the hips. At the back it falls into a to add detail at the back of the skirt. I love it. The skirt falls under that to the floor with a high slit at the back. This slit adds to the drams of the back as you see the bare skin of your leg as you walk away. It is fabulous and will be even better on an actual body. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and there is a layer of tulle built in under the peplum. It closes with a back set zipper and each sleeve has a button and loop closure. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Light boning inside the bodice. Hand written tag with the style name Deborah and the label has 80 and 2/4 on it. Tagged a size 42
Sleeves: 19" and 13" around the upper arm
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15.5" from top of natural shoulder to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
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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