1970s Hanae Mori Full Sleeve Red & Purple Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress
I am such a huge Hanae Mori fan and this particular dress is a really great one. It really feels of this season and still so fresh and modern that it is easy to imagine slipping it on and going out the same day it arrives at your door. It is made of two layers of silk. The inner layer is an opaque red silk twill and then over that sits an outer feather light silk chiffon layer that floats over the interior. The exterior layer has been custom screened with a gorgeous abstract print and the effect of the printed layered over the solid colored inner layer is quite beautiful and adds an unexpected depth to the print. Once the dress is slipped on, it feels like it weighs next to nothing and simply floats around you. The print is a beautifully simple, yet striking because of the vibrant color combination that she has used. It mixes a cherry red with a purple that changes in hue from an almost pale blue to a deep true purple. The design is east to wear. It slips on and crosses over slightly at the front and hook and snaps into place The leaves a deep V cut neckline at the front. The sleeves are cut to pouf out to be very full and voluminous just above their cuffs and they have been left unlined so have an airy feminine feel to them. There is also a hidden long vertical slit on each one that is somewhat hidden by a slight overlap but as you move you get a glimpse of your skin showing through. The skirt flows to the floor from the loose and easy cut waist in a perfect soft flowing column of silk with the two layers gives it a pretty floating feel. You can easily add a belt to add more shape and cinch it in if you wish. Excellent condition with a note to review below.
The bodice and interior of the skirt is lined with a red silk. The sleeves are left unlined. It closes at the waist with a series of hooks and snaps. Each cuff has silk covered buttons and loops. There are 3 buttons missing on one cuff and I have priced it anticipating being able to take it to a tailor or seamstress and have them make replacement buttons.
Bust: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18.5" from natural neck to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: LRG-XL
Reference Photo: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.