Early 1970s Lanvin by Jules-Francois Crahay Demi-Couture Printed Red Silk Skirt w Green & Lace Edging
This stunning skirt was 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 time at the Lanvin label is one of my personal favourites for the house. I especially love the his work during the period through the late sixties and into the early 1970s. He was a genius at print and colour and he pushed the envelope in terms of using cutting edge fabrics available during this time period. His use of print and colour is just outstanding. This skirt has a boutique label but also has the inner handwork, the seams especially, that denotes it to be made-to-measure special order piece that would be considered demi-couture.
This Lanvin skirt is utterly fantastic. I am in absolute love with it. The color, the crisp design, the workmanship - everything about it is perfection. The silk it is made out of is a fine silk twill which gives it the perfect touch of weight to hold the lines that you see. The pattern is screened onto that and combines florals and leaves running in horizontal rows across the skirt. The backdrop is a clear red and then greens, blues and soft pinks are layered over that to create the print that you see. A Crahay signature was to finish his hems with something that contrasted the prints that he used. Here we see that done a flat pleated deep green silk wide ribbon that is then finished with a black lace under that that picks up on parts of the design of a silk above. The bottom detail on his pieces were not only a beautiful visual addition to his work but also help to anchor and hold the fullness and shape that he desired. The skirt falls from the nipped in waist and gradually widens out to the hem. It is quite full. I did not photo it with any additional underskirts but if you wanted more fullness you could easily add one. Inside it has a full separate red underskirt detailed with black ribbon near its hem. The beauty of the color combination is equaled by the fine workmanship that has gone into constructing it. It is really a work of art and a very special piece. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a red silk as noted above and closes with a painted metal zipper and a button at the waist. A combination of hand and machine finishes with all the internal vertical seams finished by hand. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 37.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-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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