1970s Lanvin Floral Printed Fluid Jersey Ribbon Front Caftan Dress
Caftans are always an amazing vintage staple but to find one by Lanvin is a treat. 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 ne 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" synthetic jerseys available during this time period. They were cutting edge and he used them the same as any other high end fabric and for his jet set client they offered a new ease in luxury as the traveled so well and were easy to care for while jetting off to all four corners of the world. This is a wonderful example of that. It is a true caftan with minimal seaming and a loose and easy cut. It has a wide silk ribbon in a solid navy that wraps around your waist inside of the caftan and then the ends slide through slits at the front and once tie add some shape and detailing. The neck is cut wide across the high front and the draping of the jersey suggests the body underneath despite its wide and full cut. The sides drape and cocoon down beautifully once one and there is a small opening on each side for your hand to slip through. A series of open slits also run down each arm for a pretty flash of skin. The colors are amazing and the print is a vivid splash of tiny florals that cover the entire caftan. At the hem is a contrasting navy and white abstract striping - that signature Crahay touch that made Lanvin so fantastic during this time period. The jersey used is slinky, washable and drapes and moves beautifully. Very easy to pack and is always ready to wear upon arrival no matter where you travel. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear. A wide silk ribbon tie slips through the front. Washable jersey. The open caftan design will allow it to fit just about any size
Width: 56" side to side
Length: 52" neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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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