loris azzaro

Spectacular Early 1970s Loris Azzaro Plunging Turquoise Silk Jersey w Open Rhinestone Rings

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. I am certain that this one is also from the early 1970s like the other Azzaro that I have in the shop today is. I have only ever seen one or two of these come available and never in this colour before. 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 even more once on an actual body and you can see your bare skin peeking through the openings on the arms and down the front, never mind that low scooped back. The neckline is scooped across the front and then it is open right down to the low waist. To be able to wear it and keep it in place on you he has put three rhinestone encrusted open rings at the neckline, just below the breasts, and then at the base of the opening. This holds the dress in place but still allows the skin to peak through from top to bottom. It is very sexy. Each sleeve is long and has another series of three of those same rhinestone circles starting at the top of the shoulder and then running down their open cut lengths. So you can see that line of bare skin all the way down your arm. The back is opened and scooped. The dress is made from a turquoise silk jersey and it falls beautifully over the body. I love how it is gathered into the bottom circle at the front. This is what gives shape and lets the dress expands out over the hips and fall in that perfect line that you see. The skirt skims over the hips and then drapes beautifully around you. 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 with a small note below

Unlined and slips on to wear with no closures. Hand finishes throughout. I see a faint mark in the fold on one hip and it appears that at some point the hem was let down and you can see a faint line where the hem used to be. I have left it as is because it is nice to have that extra length. Hand written label inside a lower seam. Please see the photos after the label shot. The fabric does have some stretch and the measurement below are those comfortable while laying flat. The colour is a touch truer turquoise then how it photoed

Sleeves: approx 22" and are approx 12" around, but there is some flexibility in that because of the open sides
Shoulders: approx 14"
Bust: approx 14-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 59" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4739

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