Loris Azzaro 1971 'Cabaret' Purple Jersey Dress
This dress is real piece of movie magic!
Created by Loris Azzaro - a designer known for his incredible use of mixed-media materials, including chains, knitwear and jersey - it is an exceptional example of his work. The French-Italian designer was hugely popular and successful, finding the height of his popularity in the 1970s, with some of his most notable celebrity clients including Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli. And it was this design, made from purple jersey and plastic chains, that caught the attention of Liza, who chose to wear it for her now legendary performance as Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret' (1972). It was not the only design by Loris Azzaro that Minnelli chose to wear for the film, the other being a black jersey and chain dress. Liza's version of this purple dress sold for a remarkable $10,000 in 2018!
As this design was created for Azzaro's fashion collection and was not designed exclusively for Liza Minnelli, it was also available for other clients to buy. This particular dress up for sale, whilst not Liza's, is original and retains its Loris Azzaro label. Having been sourced in Paris, it was most likely purchased by a French client from Azzaro's boutique in 1971.
This dress is a masterpiece, and a fasinating look into the fashion of the 1970s, made iconic by Minnelli's screen performance in 'Cabaret', singing the film's title number in this design. This is a rare oppurtunity to own a stunning Azzaro dress, with a truly fascinating connection to Hollywood history.
Waist: 61cm/24" (although it is a freer waistline due to the chains)
Neck to hem: 150cm/59"
This dress appears to be hardly worn, and is in excellent vintage condition, with hardly any flaws to note! The narrow purple tape to which the eye closures at the waist is coming away slightly, but can very easily be stitched down again. The jersey is still incredibly soft and retains its brilliant purple colour all over. All the seams are completely intact.
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