Stunning 1970s Adolfo Black Knit w Sequin & Rhinestone Detailing Dress
This is a beautiful knit and sequin detailed jacket by Adolfo. Adolfo started his career under Balenciaga and like Halston, was a successful milliner before opening his own fashion house in 1962. He initially focused on hats but in in just a couple of years added a full clothing line. By 1969 he was presented with a special Coty Award for his contribution to design from head to toe. He became know for his Chanel inspired clothing and many of his pieces are on par and perhaps even more relevant in feel then their inspirational equivalents of the time.
This dress is gorgeous. Adolfo often did custom work for his clients who ranged from the Duchess of Windsor, to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Gloria Vanderbilt and Nancy Reagan and this dress feels like it is done at the quality of one of his custom pieces. I love his work and am very pleased to have this exceptional dress in the shop today. It is made of a jet black knit that has a slight ribbed texture to it. The cut is very simple as it is one long sheath of knit that is suspended from the tiny shoulder straps. The dress is cut to skim over the body, gently widening out as it nears the hem. A slit runs up one leg for a flash of skin. The straps curve around the shoulder and each is finished with a silver lame braiding and silver sequins. The straps are set into the neckline that is cut straight across and has an elastic running through it so that it is very easy to wear and very comfortable on. Onto the dress are four separate and gorgeous sprays of sequins that have a bird of paradise, or perhaps a firework feel, with their brilliant sparkle and combination of color. Each is finished with a a crescent of red rhinestones that give the designs a more 3D feel. It is just gorgeous and even better in person. Excellent condition.
Unlined and slip on to wear. Elastic through the neckline. The fabric has some stretch so should fit a range of sizes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
The top of the neckline will stretch from 12" to 18" flat across
Bust: 14-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to hem
Slit: 22" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-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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