Ad Campaign Fall 1972 Lanvin by Jules-Francois Crahay Green & Blue Geometric Pattern Dress
This dress was 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 time at the Lanvin label is one of my personal favourites for the house. I especially love the his work during the period through the late sixties and into the early 1970s. He was a genius at print and colour and he pushed the envelope in terms of using cutting edge fabrics available during this time period. This dress dates to the Fall 1972 collection and I am very pleased to have found a reference photo for a version of the dress in the same colour-way and also one of its twin in a different colour-way that was used for the Ad campaign that year. These photos let you see jusy how fabulous it looks like on too. I love it.
This Lanvin dress is gorgeous. I am in absolute love with it. The dress has a gorgeous bright colour and print combination. The wool challis fabric it is made of is light in weight and holds colour exceptionally well so the colors are still crisp, bright and true. I love when I find great examples of this label from this time period. The dress has sleeves to just past the elbow and a high scooped neckline. It zips down the back and I think its amazing how the pattern at the back and on all the other seams have been matched. The waist is cut with a loose and easy cut and I have added a pretty velvet ribbon that I will send with the dress to cinch it in a bit. You could also add a thin neat belt like you see in the reference photos and by changing the colour of the belt it would change what colour is picked up from the print. From the waist the skirt falls to the floor and it widens as it nears the hem. Just under the more fitted hips he added a series of wide cut knife pleats and they allow the skirt to have lots of swing and movement. The pattern that runs over the entire dress is spectacular and it is an instantly recognizable piece of his work. Excellent condition with a note to review below
Fully lined in a fine turquoise blue silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The ribbon at the waist is not original but will be included. Loose elastic at the cuffs. I see a small repair near the seam of the arm and a small nick out of the fabric near the edge of the neck. Please review the two shots after the label photo. Both are stable and it stood up to cleaning just fine. This was taken into consideration when pricing.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) 1972 Lanvin. / (2) Lanvin Ad in Vogue Paris, September 1971. / (3) Lanvin Ad, 1971.
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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