loris azzaro

Incredible 1970s Loris Azzaro Metallic Silver & Gold Black On Black Knit 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. 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 dress is made from a incredible black knit that has a pattern knitted into it. The design runs in rows over the body of the dress in soft edged zig zags stacked on top of each other in rows. One row is made from an outline of a metallic gold thread that has a metallic green inside that edges and then the other rows are a silver thread with a metallic blue inside. These are set back and forth and stacked from the shoulder to hem. The metallic of the thread picks up the light in a subtle kind of way so that it glints from every angle. The dress has a bias cut feel but is lined so actually has more structured to it then it looks at first glance.  This allows it to skim over your body and highlight your curves without being super fitted and tight. The neckline is high with a flipped over collar and the sleeves are long. The dress skims over your bust and just slightly comes in at the waist and then glides over the hips. The skirt under that is supermodel long and widens out as it nears the floor. This allows it to move when you walk and the length there creates this beautiful long line. It brings all the emphasis to the curves of your body above. If there was ever a dress that needed a body inside of it to bring it to life, this is it. It is stupendous once on. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a brown silky rayon that is on the bias and it closes with a back set zipper. At some point the hem was dropped. I chose to leave it so it will work on someone very tall and if you are not it is an easy thing to have done so its your exact length. I can tack it up if you ask. The dress will stretch and the measurements below are the comfortable range laying flat. If you needed more room you could expand or change the lining as the outer dress has a ton of stretch

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 63" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3991

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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