Autumn/Winter 1984-1985 Kenzo Dress
Extraordinary runway eighties Kenzo smock dress is just magnificent. I have just found a photo of this piece as presented in the Autumn/Winter 1984-1985 on page 242 of the book Fashion the Twentieth Century by Francois Baudot.† I will add a picture when I can!
It captures all that is great about the brand!† This piece would have been from when Kenzo Tadaka himself headed the brand and you can see the influence of his early study of art in the beautiful floral print. He is known for this use of color and print so this dress is very desirable and collectible. Made of fine fine wool it has a stunning red color base with a virtual garden of flowers strewn across its surface. Its is cut full and plays on volume - there is a bit of break where the skirt meets the bodice and the op is collared and yoked beautifully. I love the wide sleeves - they narrow though a vertical seam and then are cuffed to create a billowing effect. The Back drapes perfectly. You can of course wear this with a belt but I love it as it was meant to be worn - loose and with in your face volume!† Mint condition.
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