Important Late 1980s Azzedine Alaia Supermodel Length Dress

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This late 1980s, early 1990s Alaia is amazing. It is supermodel length and made of yards and yards of his signature bias cut silk knit jersey. This long and lean, sexy but refined look is perhaps one of the most iconic of all the Alaia designs and most certainly the one that is instantly recognizable as his work. It looks and feels as fresh now as it did when it was created and perhaps even more so. It's hard to argue genius. Versions of this piece have been worn by countless supermodels and have been featured prominently both in the Alaia exhibit at the Groninger Museum and accompanying book 'Alaia- Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century,'.

The gown is made from his signature stretch silk jersey knit in black. Once on it instantly molds to hug your every curve through the bodice and then flows out dramatically to that supermodel length skirt. The contrast of being fully covered and yet having your every curve show is part and parcel his genius. The top molds to your cures with a high neck and back and low dipping sides. Raised seam work highlight and curves the dress around the body and creates the shape of the bust and waist. Mode seams curve around the backside and hug the body there until the skirt begins its stunning expansion to flow out all around in yards and yards of fabric. The skirt is tremendously long and fishtails with his signature trailing back. The backless dress that was shown in the Groninger Museum exhibit was from the 1986 collection. I believe this from a season or two later if not at the latest the early 1990s as Azzedine often built on earlier ideas as he went from collection to collection. It bears all the hallmarks of that early piece. Excellent, museum quality condition

Unlined and closes with a hidden set side zipper. There are also hook and eye hidden at the top of one shoulder. The gown is bias cut so does come up in length a touch once on. It is tagged a large but Alaia is cut small and the stretch knit will allow for a range of sizes.

Bust: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 69" from shoulder to front hem, 70" to back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Reference Photo: (1) Alaia in his Paris Atelier with his long-time muse Naomi Campbell.

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
1980-1989
Condition
Excellent
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU1282332773
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