hanae mori

c1965-67 Hanae Mori Butterfly Print Ruffled Silk Dress & Shawl

This bold and dramatic silk chiffon dress is instantly recognizable as a Hanae Mori piece. Her signature butterflies flit over its surface in an exuberant explosion of color. I absolutely love the bright color palette and find the boldness of it to be a little magical. This is everything you look for in a Hanae piece and is an exceptional example of her work. The cut of dress is a simple column of flowing silk made of two pieces. The inner layer is a fine silk twill that is then topped by a silk chiffon layer. I love how each is laid over the other so that the butterfly pattern aligns. This gives you the most wonderful effect as the layers move over each other slightly as you move and this adds a depth to the pattern that would not be possible with just a single layer of print. It also means that from a construction point of view, the dress is an extravagant use of fabric, as each layer would have had to been cut specifically to achieve this effect. This is couture on the highest level with everything about the piece done to work with the rest. The sleeves are layered silk chiffon and each ends with a dramatic ruffle. The neckline has two layers of a curved and rounded ruffle and is cut wide for a glimpse of collarbone. The gown has its original matching shawl that is also edged in that same ruffled technique. It is hand finished throughout. Excellent condition

The inner dress is fully lined in a silk. That layer has a silk twill exterior and then is topped by the silk chiffon top layer. It closes with a back zipper. Hand finished and hand rolled edges.

Sleeves: approx 22"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2196

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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