Spring 1992 Collection Azzedine Alaia Off Shoulder Dress

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Even in 1992 Azzedine Alaia was a pricey proposition - Elle reported that year that his collection was "extraordinarily pricey with cardigans run around $1,400 and dresses between $2,500 and $3,500". Unheard of pricing in 1992. In a 10 page spread that featured the striped version of the runway pieces (see the listing in this collection for those), Azzedine speaks of his "delights in the space-age fabric he used for his Spring 1992 collection (he calls the NASA-developed material "Relax" for its purported ability to act as a screen against microwave emissions)". Amongst the many pieces made of this new fabric were the body clinging bandage like dresses of which this is one. Striped versions of this design were featured prominently both in the Alaia exhibit at the Groninger Museum and accompanying book 'Alaia- Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century,'.

The knit is made to hug and exaggerate your every curve. The dress is cut to fit and sculpt over the body. The neckline sits low across the bust for the suggestion of a Victorian corset in cut and I love the off shoulder strap detail with its second strap that curves around the top. On this version the upper edge of the neck has a slightly scalloped ribbed finish for a pretty and feminine touch. There is no defined waist - it simply glides past the bust and down and around the hips. It is utterly amazing and sexy as hell. Excellent condition

Unlined and made of his signature "bandage" knit - this one a cotton mix. It closes with a hidden set zipper up the back. Tagged a vintage Alaia medium. The fabric has stretch

Bust: 15.5-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 33.5" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Reference runway photo: fashionanthology com

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Details
Designer
Azzedine Alaia
Brand
Alaia
Period
1990-1999
Condition
Excellent
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU128956812
Address
Shrimpton Couture
www.shrimptoncouture.com
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
CA
(647) 559-2223
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