1970s Hanae Mori Silk Chiffon Cherry Red & Purple Dress
This is a stunning 1970s Hanae Mori maxi dress. The construction is fabulous and for this one her fabric of choice is a feather light silk chiffon layered over an inner layer of silk. This makes it feel very light and fabulous once on. The dress is cut super model long and lean and the silk floats around your body in a chic column of fabric. The design that is screened on to the top layer of silk is an abstract pattern. I love the brilliant cherry pink red mixed with the cornflower blue - the two pop against each other and it is a beautiful contrast to the lightness of the fabric. The sleeves are long and left unlined and the entire hem is a circle of swinging, crisp knife pleats. Hanae is the only 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. You can see why in this stunning and vibrant example of her work. I would wear it left long and loose, but you could also belt it to create more shape. Excellent condition with a minor note to review below.
Fully lined in a matching cherry red, fine silk with the sleeves left unlined. It closes with a row of buttons and loops down the back. Hand finishes. I see some very small snags near the shoulder, sleeves and here and there on the body - I think it was improperly stored near something sequined or beaded is my guess. All very minor but noted for accuracy and priced accordingly
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 59" from mid back of the neck to bottom hem
Slit up leg: 25"
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, for her weekly style column on our blog Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >
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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