c.1974 Lanvin by Jules-Francois Crahay Pretty Printed Dress w Scarf
This would have been designed by Belgian-born Jules-Francois Crahay, who headed the Lanvin ateliers from 1964-1984. He has been "noted as one of fashion’s great colorists with his colorful patterns making his 1970s Lanvin designs hugely desirable and influential." His realm is one of my favorites for the house and the period through the late sixties and into the 70s in particular. He was a genius at print and color and he pushed the envelope in terms of using the "new" fabrics available during this time period.
This vintage Lanvin dress has a gorgeous bright color and print combination on a black base. The wool jersey fabric it is made of is light in weight and held color exceptionally well. The colors are still crisp, bright and true. I love when I find great examples of this label from this time period in the label's history as it is a particular favorite for me. The dress is sleeveless with a V scooped neckline on both the front and back. The back dips lower then the front does. It buttons down the back and I think its amazing that each button is perfectly done so that it has one of the spots exactly laid out over it, so that the pattern at the back is not interrupted. The waist nips in and the skirt falls to just above the ankle depending on how tall you are, and it slightly widens as it nears the hem. I love how those stripes contrast against the dot print and are used to define the cut of the dress. It also has a matching scarf that is hand finished with a yarn trim. Overall great condition with notes below to review
Fully lined and closes with hand covered buttons down the back to the waist and a low back painted metal zipper below that. Has its original scarf. Note that there are some minor nicks out of the fabric around the lower portion of the skirt. I have photoed the two worst areas - please review the two shots after the label photo. There are a scattering of teeny ones here and there around the lower skirt. All are stable and it stood up to cleaning just fine. This was taken into consideration when pricing.
Bust: 15.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13.5" from top of shoulder to top seam at the waist and the band at the waist is 2.25" wide
Skirt: 36.25" from bottom waist band to hem
Scarf: 44 x 14.5
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.
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