hanae mori

1970s Silk Butterfly Print Hanae Mori Caftan Dress

I love this fabulous late 1970s Hanae Mori caftan dress with its butterfly design covering the entire surface. It is made of a feather light silk crepe that really hold the colors beautifully. The gown is cut super model long and is constructed of two layers - the outermost print and a black silk lining underneath. The custom designed screened butterfly pattern is a signature print for Hanae and the impact that it makes with those thousand of butterflies flitting over the surface is wonderful. I love how it gives the dress a delicate, romantic feeling and is a stunning match to the lightness of the fabric. It has a high neckline finished with a delicate and feminine ruffle. The neckline buttons so you can wear it high or leave it open. Each sleeve billows delicately above the cuff that is also finished with a pretty ruffle. The dress falls from the shoulders in a sleek line to the floor allowing you to wear it loose and easy or use the original tie belt to cinch in the waist for more shape. This dress still has a second smaller tie for around the neckline. 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 romantic example of her work. Excellent condition.

The dress is fully lined in a black silk with the sleeves left unlined. It slips over the head with buttons at the neck and buttons at the cuffs. Has it original tie belt and a second shorter tie for around the neck, both in matching fabrics. Hand finishes. The loose cut allows this to fit a variety of sizes.

Sleeves: 27" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD2168

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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