French fashion designer Loris Azzaro, who lived to age 70 and died in 2003, was born in Tunisia to Sicilian parents. He gained popularity in the 1960s, making glamorous party dresses for French society types. Known for ornate beading, daring cut out designs and brightly colored woven chains, Azzaro named his collections alphabetically. In 1975, he created a signature fragrance, Couture and went on to have a celebrity following that included Nicole Kidman, Marisa Berenson, Sophia Loren and Kate Winslet. In 2004, Vanessa Seward took over as head designer.
Pictured above is a 1980s fuschia silk organza party dress with a sweetheart neckline. Visit 1stdibs for more information.