Ciclo de Moda

Vintage Akira Isogawa 1999 Beaded Dress


Referred to as "the dress that saved Sydney," Ciclo brings you this iconic, historical consignment piece from 1999, the year when its designer Akira Isogawa was named "Australian Designer of the Year." The traditional embroidery dress is extremely rare and only a few were produced by hand in Australia, with beads and threads sourced from Bali, Indonesia. The decorative aspect employs the designer's usual cultural and traditional motifs through hand-sewn embroideries telling a story through iconography featuring birds and flowers. As stated in the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences site, "Isogawa is one of Australia's most innovative and successful fashion designers... best known for his distinctive east-west fusion clothes mixing traditional Japanese and Asian textiles and forms, with influences from historical and contemporary European fashion."

*Only other online shop selling is found on Etsy, which prices the piece currently at $969.*

*Defect: dress has been used and contains stain in the back towards the right - refer to images.*

Back contains crossover straps, and the bottom hem is cut unusually in an asymmetrical pattern.

Second-to-last image belongs to Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Last image belongs to The Guardian.

100% Cotton.

Professional dry clean only.

Size 1, fits as a US XS.

Model is 5'4" and typically wears XS and S.

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