loris azzaro

Versatile 1970s Loris Azzaro Multi Tie - One Shoulder or Halter - Black Jersey Dress

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. This is a label that I really love and am always happy to find pieces of.

This dress is a far more subdued piece then we usually see from this label but it is still so fabulous. It is entirely cut on the bias and has minimal seaming. The fabric is a black jersey that allows it to move and drape beautifully. The dress is made from one long single panel of fabric that has darts to add a bit of shape around the bodice and then it extends out to ties that wrap around the neck or over the shoulder. There are also ties attached at the waist with a slit along one seam along one of the deep darts. This allows you to wrap it around you and hold the dress in place. It is very clever. You can wrap and tie those long ties in a variety of ways. I have shown a couple of different ways to wear it on the dress form and I bet you could come up with more. Those ties make it incredible versatile and really it is like buying several dresses in one. Excellent condition

Constructed from a single bias cut jersey layer with the ties extending out from one end and at the waist as described above. The dress slips on to wear with no closures. It can be wrapped and tied several ways as shown. It is almost impossible to measure but should fit a range of sizes

Bust: the fabric is approx 15-16" flat across but there are no side seams so it will fit a large variety of bust sizes
Waist: approx 12.5-17"
Hips: approx 17-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 58-60" from shoulder to hem but you can adjust it up or down depending on how you choose to wear it 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD3922

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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