1971 Rare Lanvin Bright Print Maxi Dress

These printed gowns were a Lanvin staple and the dress of the season in its day. They were designed for that chic modern woman to wear while entertaining at home or to go out for a chic dinner and were often the subject for Vogue or Harpers bazaar editorials! The colors photoed fabulously and you feel quite wonderful when wearing one! The wearer was able to move and be superbly comfortable, never worrying about getting wrinkled or being inappropriate or uncomfortable. Really these were a signature piece and every chic woman had to have one. The print and colors used are utterly amazing - the mix is masterful and even though it should be busy it works perfectly together when taken as a whole. The top portion is made of a very thin and light silk jersey - it will cling to every cure and is almost like not wearing anything! The front scoops just at the neck and the back scoops much deeper. Each sleeve is long and skinny. The skirt is a masterpiece - it is made of a basket weave cotton and puffs out slightly from the waist before it cascades to the floor. It actually wraps over itself so when you sit you can allow a leg to peek out. The original, wide silk satin, vivid green belt is still present and is a great finish to the print! It is an amazing and rare piece of fashion history and in excellent condition.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulder: 14" across
Bust: to 18î flat across the back seam, unstretched from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13î flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 17" from neck to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem

The bodice is fully lined in a semi sheer pale blue silk organza. Note that it is shattering in some places. It could be removed and it would not effect the wearability of the dress - I have chosen to leave it as it is still wearable as presented and it is the original lining. The skirt is also fully lined but in a off-white silk rayon. There is a watermark along the back of the scooped neckline that has caused a touch of fuzziness to the pattern along its curved edge. I only noticed it when listing and had not noticed it anytime prior so I do not feel that it detracts - the pattern is busy enough that it gets lost. I have dropped the price by quite a bit from what I originally was listing it for to accommodate for these two small things. The original wide silk satin sash is present and in excellent condition.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (2-6)

Item# DD1035

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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