Gorgeous 1970s Hanae Mori Red Silk Kimono Caftan Dress w Sash & Beautiful Butterfly Print
This piece is wonderful and shows the range of what Hanae Mori was capable of. It is simple and beautiful but still striking. It dates to the late 1970s, early 1980s and it is an absolute work of art. 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 and plays a strong part of my own personal archives. I own the exact twin of this kimono and would never part with mine as it is so versatile.
I have worn variations of this exact kimono for years now whenever I head out for the evening. It is the perfect pop of color over a dress and is light and luxurious feeling for evening. I have even in a pinch have wrapped and closed it with a large pin, or just wrapped and belted it with the matching belt, and worn it as a dress. It is absolutely stunning. This really shows her talent for taking traditional elements from her own culture and giving them a more western world twist in terms of modifying the cut. It is made of a red silk and lined in silk as well. The colour is beautiful red and that is softened with the pretty and romantic flower and butterfly print that covers its surface. The red of the silk is that perfect shade that flatters most skin tones and the print is done in a mix of pretty soft blues and greys. It has a matching sash belt that you can use to add shape and cinch in the waist. The sleeve are cut to be wide and full and the body is loose and easy. It looks to have never been worn or used and would be perfect to use as wedding kimono, to take on your honeymoon, or to top an evening ensemble. Of course it also works as a lingerie piece and a dress. It is the ultimate multi-tasker. The print that covers the kimono is hand screened and painted with hauntingly beautiful butterflies that flit across the surface of the silk. The butterfly is a Hanae Mori signature and I love that they are used with such romantic abandon on this kimono as they trail across its surface. Excellent condition
The kimono is fully lined with a pale soft purple/blue tissue silk and has no closures. This one comes with , its matching sash belt. The fabric is signed throughout. Tagged a S but the open, loose cut will allow it to fit just about any size. It looks like it has never been worn.
Sleeves: approx 27" from the natural shoulder to the longest post they fall and are 23" around
Shoulder: no defined seam
Bust: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: to 21" flat across the inner seam but adjustable with the sash
Length: 56" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
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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