c.1971 Lanvin Demi-Couture Fringe Printed Panne Velvet Skirt
This would have been 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 realm is one of my favorites for the house and the period through the late sixties and into the 70s in particular. He was a genius at print and color and he pushed the envelope in terms of using the "new" jerseys and velets available during this time period. This skirt has a boutique label bit also an additional tape that denotes a made-to-measure special order piece that would be considered demi-couture.
This velvet and fringe Lanvin skirt is utterly fantastic. I am in absolute love with it - the color, the design, the workmanship - everything about it is perfection. For the 1971 season Crahay did lots of exotic prints and worked fringe in to the collection. Here we see that fringe on that fabulous finish of the hem and it is picked up with the long, 9" dramatic tassels of the braided belt that circles the waist. The fabric is a soft panne vevlet that holds the print beautifully. The skirt is cut in a simple, long and lean line with that fringe bottom providing the movement and drama. The beauty of the color combination is equaled by the fine workmanship that has gone into constructing it. I love how the waist band has an attached braided belt that ends in five inch tassels. It is really a work of art and having the demi-couture tag makes it that much more special. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a painted metal zipper and hook & eye at the waist. A combination of hand and machine finishes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Lanvin in L'Officiel, 1971. / (2) 1971 Lanvin Red & Black Coat. / (3) Lanvin dress, L'Officiel 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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