loris azzaro

Incredible 1970s Loris Azzaro Densely Covered Gold & Silver Sequin, Bead & Silk Chiffon 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 from the 1970s and is fantastically beautiful. No matter how good it looks on my dress form, in person and on the body it transforms into even more of a bombshell. It is spectacular

This is a killer dress. It is one that will come to life even more once it is on an actual body because as mentioned above, this is a dress that in person it is even better. The first thing you see is that the entire body of the dress is covered in overlapping gold, silver and copper sequins and beads that catch the light from every angle. A pattern is made across the front that swoops down on a curve and adds to the feeling of curves for the person wearing it. This detailing alone takes your breath away when you see the dress in person. The dress falls from skinny straps that curve up and over the shoulder. They are completely covered in beads and sequins to stay perfectly in line with the rest of the dress and I love this. The bodice dips down at the front and there is a triangle piece to cover each breast. It skims over the body from there gliding over the waist and hips. There is some shape at the waist but it is with a more easy feeling which keeps the dress feeling long and lean. Under that the skirt falls to the floor in a sleek column. Set into the skirt on one side are a series of silk chiffon panels and these give the dress its beautiful and unexpected movement. They fall in different lengths and widen out as they near their hems. When you move even the slightest they move with you and its gorgeous to see. At the back it is slit up the center quite high so that you see a flash of leg as you walk away. Above that the entire back is also left bare and open and it is as incredible from the back as it is from the front. The dress is wonderfully made. It is a stunning dress and you will definitely turn heads in it when you walk into the room. This might 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 fabulous event. Excellent condition

Unlined with narrow silk panels covering the inner seams and hand stitched into place. It closes with a zipper at the back and hook and eye at the neck. It looks like someone extended the back neck at some point and stitched in a small overlap at the front. There are areas on the bodice and near the back edge where some sequins have started to loose their gold colouring. And on looks like those areas are catching the light differently but they could easily be replaced if you if it bothered you please see the photos after the label shot. Hand finished throughout.

Bust: 15.5-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61" from top of the shoulder to hem with just over 2" turned under the hem
Back slit: 22.5" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4397

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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