hanae mori

1980s Hanae Mori Pastel Tangerine & Ivory Printed Silk Chiffon Dress w Matching Chiffon Capelet

Hanae was the first 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 to La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Her work is exceptional. Hanae Mori excelled at the beautiful prints that she created and they always have a hauntingly organic feel to them as she was constantly inspired by nature. This set dates to the eighties and is stunning.

This is a gorgeous Hanae piece. It has a wonderful custom designed print that is screened onto feather light silk for both the dress and the matching cape. When you wear the cape and dress together the two prints layer over each other and create the prettiest effect. This layering technique with silk chiffons is one of her signatures and she was a master it it by this point in her career. The silk chiffon she used has been printed with a pale tangerine and ivory pattern that is  set over a white silk lining. Using silk chiffon for both the top layer and the cape that floats over the dress is what gives the piece its light and airy feel. The dress falls from wide cut straps that curve over the shoulders and dips into a V at the front. From the neckline it skims over the body, with a more fitted bodice and then gently widens out until it reaches the hem. I love how the pattern changes and gets bigger as it nears the hem. Over this is a gorgeous little silk chiffon capelet. It snaps into place around the neck and then falls over each shoulder, with the silk overlapping a bit at the front and the back. A pretty spray of silver thread and rhinestones give it a little glamour at the front neck. It is a stunning example of her work and beautifully made. The colour in person is a bit more intense shade of what you see and is even better in person. Excellent condition

Fully lined in white silk and closes with a back zipper. The capelet snaps to close along the edge of the neckline. I see some very minor marks on the interior lining of the dress

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from top of shoulder to hem

Neck: 15" where the snaps are now but you could easily move them up or down as needed
Length: 46" from neck to longest point of hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3643

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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