Fantastic 1970s Leonard Turquoise & Tan Fashion Silk Jersey Dress w Matching Tie Belt
The Leonard Paris label began as a textile firm in 1954 and for the first four years of its existence it only produced fabric. In 1958 they started making garments but it was not until about 1970 when they started using a printed silk jersey for the majority of their collections that the label really took off. They are often compared to Pucci and during the seventies the two labels battled it out to be the label of choice for the jet set. This is a particularly fabulous dress from the label
I love whenever I get a fabulous Leonard dress into the shop. They are so chic and easy to wear and travel with. This one is a beauty that is made out of one of their signature silk jersey fabrics. This fabric choice is what gives these dresses their perfect drape and fit. Each of their dresses were made of custom designed fabrics and prints. The colour combination on this one is really good. It combines a soft turquoise with a black, white and two tones of brown. These make up a gorgeous geometric print that runs over the sleeves and across the shoulders, trails down the bodice and then runs heavily around the hem and up and into the skirt. That pop of turquoise against the other colours is remarkable. The dress is meant to skim over you and widens out a bit as it reaches the hem. I love the sleeve and how they each flare out at the cuff. They are a full 16.5" around at their ends. The bodice dips into a V at the front with a contrasting border for detail. That same border is used at the end of each sleeve. This also comes with a matching belt that is wide and made of the same fabric. This gives you the option of wearing the dress simple and without the belt or use the belt to give it shape. Having the belt made from that same print as the rest of the dress lets it become a design element in itself. It is a real little beauty. Excellent condition with a minor note below.
Unlined and closes with a back, hand set metal and nylon zipper. The fabric is a silk jersey and does have some stretch. Has its original matching belt. I see the barest bit of a mark under one arm near the seam
Bust: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 37" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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