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Important 1988-89 Azzedine Alaia Black One Shoulder Dress

This "slashed" and cut out one shoulder design is well documented when it made its original appearance on the 1988-89 runway. It is even a design beloved enough that a version of it was revived for the 2013 couture collection by Azzedine Alaia. The 2013 dress was photoed on Giselle and done in a sheer silk and referenced here along with some images of version from the original collection.

This dress is from that original 1989 collection and it is spectacular. It is made of his signature black stretch 'bandage' knit through the body and skirt. This is contrasted with a ribbed knit top that is backed in nude giving it a different contrast and tone. The skirt hugs your curves with a slit at the back that allows you to walk comfortably. The top is genius in its cut. It curves up and over the shoulder with a cut out detail running down the middle that is set on an angle. At the back the fabric curves around and wraps to meet with a circle suggesting a large bloom blossoming across your shoulder blade. It is truly a work of art and a rare piece. This is a holy grail for the Alaia collector and that perfect mix of sexiness and supermodel, high glamour that Alaia excels at. Excellent condition.

The skirt is unlined and the top is interlined in a nude lingerie weight stretch jersey. It has a low set zipper at the back of the skirt. Tagged a vintage Alaia XS. The fabric does have stretch

Bust: approx 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 10.5-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 38" from true waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2340

Reference Photos: "All About Alaia" Photographed by Hans Feurer Elle Us 1989  /  Yasmin Le Bon for Alaia, 1989  /  Gisele Bundchen in Alaia Couture by Gilles Bensimon, Elle Jan 2003.

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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