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First Looks: Images From the New Loris Azzaro Book

Courtesy of Assouline
Courtesy of Assouline

Tunisian-born fashion designer Loris Azzaro once said, “The ideal dress? If a woman wants to put it on, a man wants to take it off.” The designer’s impeccably cut evening dresses, which usually put the wearer’s décolletage on display, were favored by bosomy femme fatales like Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, and Marisa Berenson during the sixties and seventies. In Assouline’s forthcoming book, Azzaro, to be released next month, fashion historian Jéromine Savignon gives an account of the late designer’s  life, complete with accompanying photos by Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. See a preview of the book’s images in our slideshow.

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’Succession,’ photographed by Guy Bourdin. Featured in French Vogue’s December/January 1979 issue.

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Azzaro’s fall 1972 collection, photographed by Tony Kent. Featured in French Vogue’s November 1973 issue.

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Model Jessica Jones in Azzaro, photographed by Werner Bokelberg.

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Model Jessica Jones II in Azzaro, photographed by Werner Bokelberg.

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Les Éditions Jalou, photographed by Michel Picard.

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Azzaro’s Sirène 1973 line, photographed by Tony Kent.

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Marisa Berenson, photographed by Tony Kent, featured in French Vogue’s June/July 1973 issue.

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The book’s cover shot, photographed by Roland Bianchini.

First Looks: New Loris Azzaro Book