1980s Beaded Lace & Silk John Anthony Strapless Dress

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This stunning dress is an absolute masterpiece! It is constructed from a fine soft lace that is placed over an interior, double layer of nude silk chiffon. This layering effect gives it just enough coverage to keep it from being see-through but keeps it very light and easy to wear. The combination of lace and silk also make for a very sensual feel as it has a touch of a lingerie inspiration to it. It is constructed to demi-couture standards and is hand finished with exquisite touches. The lace is detailed with clusters of round copper colored beads that are sewn into place by hand and these acre scatted over the entire gown. The interior bust is supported by a built in bodice that is cleverly concealed by another layer of silk so seems to not exist when on the body. A high slit and the strapless silhouette are the perfect sexy finishes. I love how all the edges have the lace peaking over them so you can see the scalloped edges. Exquisite and almost certainly from his made to order atelier. Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Fully lined with two layers of a fine nude colored silk chiffon and a fine grade tissue silk through the bodice. Closes with a hand set back painted metal zipper and the exterior lace closes over that with hook & eye. There is a built in boning inside the silk of the bodice. Hand sewn finishes and the bead work is hand placed and hand sewn. Note that is does fully close at the back but was too small to do so on the mannequin.

Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 50" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
John Anthony
John Anthony
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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