john anthony

Spectacular Early 2000s John Anthony Couture Black Jersey & Mesh One Sleeve Dress

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 is another spectacular example of John's work during this time period. It is insanely sexy on the body and just an unbelievable dress. It is made from a black stretch jersey that allows it to drape beautifully over the body and highlight your every curve. The stretch in the jersey and the netting at the waist allows the dress to show off your curves while still feeling wildly comfortable once on. The dress is made from a black jersey that has some stretch. The bodice has an almost sculptural feel as it glides over the bodice and then extends down to the one single long sleeve. The sleeve is cut long and depending on the length of your arm is meant to bunch up on the arm slightly at the wrist. This gives it a subtle bit of detail. The front and back of the bodice curves across you to leave the other shoulder and arm bare. This plunging side opening has been cut on a steep angle. It is done so that curves around you slightly and the base of the plunge ends slightly behind the waist at the back. This leaves a wide expanse of skin bare at the front side and even more at the back. He then mixed in an angled cut out made out of a fine black mesh netting that angles across and into the opposite side of the waist. This transparent panel makes the dress even more sexy despite even though the dress is completely covering you. An attached swag of fabric wraps around the hips and it has the illusion of buttoning into place at the side of the hip. Above the mesh there are more buttons to give the illusion that the top does as well. But these are decorative only and there for detailing. The dress skims over the body and glides down past the hips to fall to the floor in a beautiful drape of jet black jersey. It is cut supermodel long in length. There is a high slit that runs up the same side as the bare shoulder so that everything on that side is about that flash of bare skin. It is incredible and I love it. It is made to demi-couture standards. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Hand finished. The fabric does have stretch so should fit a range of sizes. The measurements below give you the comfortable range the fabric has when lying flat.

Sleeve: approx 25" with no defined shoulder seam
Bust: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 67" from neck to hem
Slit: 33" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XSS-SML

Item# DD4003

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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