Rare 1970s Silk Chiffon Printed Lanvin Dress
These printed gowns were a Lanvin staple and the dress of the season in its day. They were designed for that chic modern woman to wear while entertaining at home or to go out for a chic dinner and were often the subject for Vogue or Harper's Bazaar editorials. The colors photoed fabulously and you feel quite wonderful when wearing one. The wearer was able to move and be superbly comfortable, never worrying about being inappropriate or uncomfortable. Really these were a signature piece and every chic woman had to have one. The print and colors used in this particular one are utterly amazing - the mix is masterful and unexpected. It is made entirely of a fine silk chiffon that flows and drapes beautifully. The front has a high neck with a pretty ruffled finish. The riffle is picked up on each shoulder giving it a slight Victorian feel. The skirt is equally beautiful with wide flat pleats set into the waist so it has volume as it cascades to the floor. I love that the inner skirt is finished at its hem with a silk piping of the same fabric as the exterior! It is an amazing and rare piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.
The bodice is lined with a nude silk chiffon and the sleeves are left unlined. The skirt has an inner lining of cream silk chiffon that is scalloped and finished with a ruffled edge piped with the same silk as the exterior. Closes with a back painted metal zipper to just above the waist and then has an open slit until the hook & eye at the back of the neck. Each sleeve has three fabric covered buttons and loops. Hand finished. Some very small discolorations on the front skirt that do not distract and are lost in the pattern but can be seen when lying flat - super-size full length photo to see. They do not detract and I have priced it accordingly.
Shoulder: 13.5" across
Bust: to 17" flat across the back seam
Waist: 13" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 38" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.