Incredible Early 2000s John Anthony Couture Blue Silk Jersey Dress w See Through Lace Side & Bodice
John Anthony is an award-winning American fashion designer best known for simple, elegant clothing with a strong sense of chic. His work veers towards minimalism, with sharp tailoring, striking evening wear being his signature. He is renowned for his cutting and tailoring. From the day that he launched his atelier in 1971 his design philosophy is a fusion of function and purpose. The function is his logical, wearable approach; the purpose, his pared-down ideas. As a designer, he considers it his job to make things easy for the customer. He designs with focus and a narrow palette for both day and night, so items can easily intermingle. He uses natural fabrics and is noted for contradictory daywear fabrics in his evening collections. In the early 70’s he was one of the first designers to promote the idea of easy-to-travel clothes that resist wrinkling. By 1976, he was showing soft, liquid separates in muted colours that became his trademark and received 2 Coty awards, one in 1972 and one in 1976, as recognition. His business was all done on a made to order basis. That means the majority of pieces you will find are a one-off, or if there are similar pieces, very few of each piece exist. This personal attention to each dress is clearly seen in the workmanship of his pieces. His work is very expensive and beaded pieces did, and still do, retail for over $10,000. His work is a personal favourite of mine and I am thrilled to begin to offer this second round of a dozen exclusive pieces and samples that John pulled from his own archives.
This jersey and lace dress is insanely sexy. Like the other listing today this one is also unbelievably light in weight. It is made from a deep blue stretch jersey that allows it to drape beautifully over the body and highlight your every curve. This is combined with a fine blue coloured netted lace and a black lingerie netting. The slight stretch that these fabrics have allow the dress to show off your curves while still feeling wildly comfortable once on. The upper bodice is made from the netting and it is done so that there is minimal seaming. It has an almost sculptural feeling to it as it glides down and extends out to make the sleeves. There is a hook at the top of the neck for a little keyhole and another at the back of the neck. The one at the back tops a long slit that runs down to the zipper at the waist so that you get a bare flash of skin along its length. A panel of lace is set in a curving angle to just cove the breasts at the front and then it curves down to the low back at the back. All of the edges follow the natural pattern of the lace and this adds to the feminine feel that it gives. The lace is not lined. So it has a transparent feel to it and your skin peeks through the netting. You could wear something nude under it, use a colour for contrast or be very daring and go bare with just nipple covers. There is strategically placed lace at the front to make the bare option work. It is just tremendously beautiful. The lace has a touch of stretch so it conforms to your bodice. The lace panel is set around the waist on an angle. It is attached over the fabric of the skirt and the workmanship is exquisite where they meet. The bodice on its own would be a full on wow but he then extended the lace down on one side so that the full side of the skirt is finished with a wide panel of transparent lace right to the floor. It is insanely sensual. The rest of the skirt glides down past the hips to fall to the floor in a beautiful drape of deep blue silk jersey. The jersey is light and soft. It is almost like an opaque, very fine silk jersey T-shirt fabric. Just incredible and it feels amazing against the skin. It is cut supermodel long in length. There is a high slit that runs up the opposite side to the lace side so that you get a glimpse of skin through the lace on one side and a flash of bare skin on the other. It is one of the most incredible dresses I have ever seen. Made to demi-couture standards. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes with a low hidden set back zipper. It hooks to close on the front and back of the neck as described above. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Hand finished throughout. The fabric does have some stretch so should fit a range of sizes. The measurements below give you the comfortable range the fabric has when lying flat.
Sleeves: approx 25""
Shoulders no defined seam
Bust: 17-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 64" from neck to hem
Slit: 32.5" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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