john anthony

Weightless Early 2000s John Anthony Couture Transparent Blue Lace Bodice One Sleeve Silk Jersey 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 jersey and lace dress is insanely sexy on the body. It is almost 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. That is then combined with a fine netted lace for the bodice and sleeve. The slight stretch that these fabrics have allow the dress to show off your curves while still feeling wildly comfortable once on. The bodice has an almost sculptural feel as it glides over you and then extends down to the one single long sleeve. The front and back of the bodice curves across you to leave the other shoulder and arm bare. 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 then then is set around the waist on an angle. The lace is set over the fabric of  the skirt and the workmanship is exquisite where they meet. The dress then glides down past the hips to fall to the floor in a beautiful drape of deep blue jersey. The jersey is light and soft. It is almost like a very 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 same side as the one 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 closes with a hidden side set zipper. The cuff of the sleeve snaps to close with hidden snaps. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Hand finished thgouhout. 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.

Sleeve: approx 25" with no defined shoulder seam
Bust: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 65" from neck to hem
Slit: 34.5" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4009

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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