c.1966 Hanae Mori Chrysanthemum Print Pink & White Silk Chiffon Sheath Dress
This dress is cut with a simple and beautiful line and the print and color combination is a striking statement. It dates to 1969 based on the reference photo I have added of the Chrysanthemum print caftan held in the Iwami Art Museum collection that has a version of this print. That piece was also shot for Vogue that year. Hanae was the first woman of Japanese descent to have presented on the Paris and New York Runways and the first Asian woman to be admitted as an official Haute Couture house to La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Her work is exceptional.
The Chrysanthemum floral print is closely associated with the work of Hanae Mori and her designs. This dress features a variation of that print in the most beautiful way. It is a stunning example of the work she was doing during this time period. This is everything you look for in a Hanae piece. It has that wonderful custom designed floral print screened onto both the exterior silk chiffon overlay and on the inner silk twill dress. This allows the two prints on each layer to be slightly offset and gives the print an extra dimension of depth. The cut of the top layer has that draped flowing feel to it that collectors crave when they look for the best of her pieces. The inner dress is made of a scarf weight silk twill with an inner silk lining and is cut in a simple sheath silhouette. Over this a floating sleeveless caftan made of silk chiffon that is attached at the shoulders and around the arm openings to the under dress. That top layer is slit up the front all the way to the neck and this allows is to float and flow around you when you move or walk, adding to the floating feel of the dress. I love everything about it. Overall excellent condition with a note to review below
The inner dress is lined in an ivory silk. It closes with a back painted metal zipper and the outer chiffon layer closes at the back with her signature tiny silk covered snaps. Hand finishes throughout There are a couple of tiny storage marks on the exterior silk and a couple of marks on the inner bust that the exterior layer covers when it is one. A slight yellowing to the upper part of the back and the faintest smudge under one arm. None are outstanding or detract once it is one. Please review the photos after the label shot.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from neck to hem with just over 3.5" turned up under the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Benedetta Barzini in Hanae Mori chrysanthemums printed evening pajamas photographed by Richard Avedon, Vogue, November 1966. / (2) 1966 Hanae Mori Chrysanthemum Pajamas from the Iwami Art Museum.
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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