hanae mori

Amazing 1970s Hanae Mori Couture Silk Chiffon Scene Print Jumpsuit w Matching Cape Overlay

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 these beautiful prints that combined nature and elements of her homeland. I have two jumpsuits today that both have that very caftan feeling so desired with her work and these are so very hard to find. When I find pieces like this one that is such a stunningly beautify example of her work I am very happy. I feel that pieces like this are among the very best representations of her work.

This is everything you look for in a piece by Hanae Mori. The entire piece has one of her custom designed prints screened onto a feather light silk chiffon. Think the finest silk scarf you could have in terms of weight and feel. It has all been printed with a really outstanding scenic design and the colours are fantastic. It is two separate pieces. There is the inner jumpsuit and then you wear the more caped feeling overlay over that. The inner jumpsuit has a V neck at both the back and front and is sleeveless. The top is made out of a pale blue silk chiffon backed in a silk and once this is under the print of the outer later it virtually disappears underneath. The waist is generous in cut and the the chiffon pants are set into the seam. The pants are cut to be very wide and full so you get this incredible movement when you move. To make them opaque enough to wear each pant leg has three layers of silk chiffon. The two inner layers are the same pale blue chiffon as the bodice and then the printed layer is stacked over those. The printed layer has that same scenic print as the cape and you can tell it was all pre-planned to sit perfectly when the entire look is put together. The cape that goes over this is spectacular. It slips over the head to wear and the neckline is set in a slight scoop. It does up down the back with a series of her signature teeny tiny silk covered snaps. The colours start out mainly in that pretty turquoise and then it changes to the scenery all the way around. I took lots of close ups of various parts of the print for you to see. When on that top layer is put on it suddenly takes on a more caftan feel. It fully covers the inner jumpsuit and falls at the front and back to about the knees. It is cut on a curve to be a little shorter on the sides for your arms to be free and is wide and full. As with the best of Hanae's dresses the effect of having the same print on the top layer and the inner layer gives the design added dimension and depth as they float over each other. The movement and drama this creates is extraordinary. This is a piece that you slip on and feel completely comfortable when wearing it and yet it has as much drama and impact as you could ask for. It is a stunning example of her work and beautifully made. I love it. Excellent condition

The cape is unlined and the inner jumpsuit is lined as described above. The inner jumpsuit zips to close at the back and the cape closes with a series of tiny snaps down the back. All of the edges have been hand rolled and stitched including the edges of the inner lining of the pants. Tagged a vintage 10. It appears to have been worn very little if at all

Inner jumpsuit
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Pants: 44" from waist to hem
Inseam: 30" from the inner seam to hem
Gusset: 32" from back of neck to inner seam

Cape overlay
Neck: 15" around
Width: 60" from side to side at the widest point
Length: 41" to longest point when on

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4449

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