1969 Hanae Mori Chrysanthemum Print Pink Silk Twill & Silk Chiffon Dress
This is such a beautiful dress and the combination of that huge print and and the bright pink is just gorgeous. It dates to 1969 and a version of a caftan with this same print is held in the Iwami Art Museum's permanent collection. It was also shot for Vogue that year and as a result is one of her most recognizable prints. 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 and a personal favorite of mine
Flower prints are closely associated with the work of Hanae Mori and her designs and this one with its oversized chrysanthemum print is in particularly wonderful. 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. She custom designed all of the prints that she used on her work and the flowers on this one have been screened onto the top silk chiffon overlay and onto the inner silk twill part of 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 a draped and flowing feel to it. When you move even slightly it catches the air and floats around you. The inner dress is made of a scarf weight silk twill that is lined in silk. The dress falls from the shoulders in a simple line, skimming over the body and gently widening out as it nears the hem. It is very easy to wear. At the front the silk chiffon is open up all the way to the neck and this really lets it float and flow around you when you move or walk. I love it. 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. A tiny repair near the neck. None are outstanding or detract once it is one. Please see 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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