Dreamy 1970s Hanae Mori Pink Layered Bias Cut Silk Chiffon Caftan Dress w Floral Print
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 had elements of her homeland. Her caftans are the most sought after pieces and so very hard to find. When I find pieces like this one that is such a stunningly beautify example of her caftans I am very happy. I feel that pieces like this are among the very best representations of her work. This one in its beautiful deep pink colour palette is even more so.
This is everything you look for in a piece by Hanae Mori. It has one of her custom designed prints screened onto a feather light silk chiffon over an inner silk twill sheath dress. Think the finest silk scarf you could have in terms of weight and feel. The entire dress has been printed with that gorgeous and romantic flower design that I love. The neckline is set in a slight scoop around the neckline and it is set wide for a little bit of collarbone to show. There is a band there and the silk has been gathered across and into that band for pretty detail. This continues around to the back where it drops into a bit of a V so that a bit of skin shows. The inner dress is also attached around the neckline and it skims loosely over the body and gently widens out until it reaches the hem. The inner dress is made from layers of the silk chiffon. The top layer is the same print as the exterior overlay and then there is a solid paler pink layer of silk chiffon and the final inner silk twill lining. When on that top layer is what gives it its caftan feel. It fully covers the inner dress and is cut wide and full. It is seamed along the very outside else and there are openings for your hands to slip through. 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 dress 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
Fully lined as described above. It closes with a back zipper and her signature tiny snaps over that on the outer layer. The loose and easy cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. It will just drape more on a smaller frame and be more fitted on a larger frame.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top of shoulder to longest point of hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
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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