leonard paris

1970s Leonard Paris Off Shoulder Tropical Floral Print Silk Jersey Dress

The Leonard Paris label began as a textile firm in 1954 and for the first four years of its existence only produces fabric. In 1958 they started making garments but it was not until about 1970 when they started using a printed silk jersey for the majority of their collections that the label really took off. They are often compared to Pucci and during the seventies the two labels battled it out to be the label of choice for the jet set.

I love the loose and easy cut of this dress. It is one of those pieces that you can just throw on and walk out the door in anything from bare feet to the highest of heels. The waist and the neckline is elastic so it is extremely comfortable to wear. You can slip it on and wear it as is or add a belt to add more shape. The elastic through the neckline allows you to choose to wear it on the shoulders or completely off the shoulder for more bare skin. The bodice is cut wide with an almost cape-like cut that curves up from the waist and into each wide 'sleeve'. This leaves no inner seaming down the sides so it has an almost caftan feel to it through the top. Under the elastic of the waist the skirt is cut supermodel long and falls to the floor in a gently widening swath of silk jersey. The base color is a soft ivory and onto that is the huge print that used the houses signature purple orchid mixed with greenery. It is very, very pretty and chic and better in person. It really needs an actual body to show it off properly and is so much better in person. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. The waist and neckline are finished with elastic. The fabric of the body is all a silk jersey and has stretch. I see some minor pilling here and there.

Shoulder: no defined seam due to the the elastic
Bust: open with no true side seams
Elastic waist: 11-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open to 28" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 66" from shoulder to hem but will blouse up a bit when on

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD3439

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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