leonard paris

Gorgeous 1970s Leonard Printed Silk Jersey Pretty Floral Print Black Dress w Original 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.

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. I have had a very similar print to this one in the shop in the past and I think this one is even better as it has a broader range of colours in its mix. This one has a gorgeous floral 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. The colour palette is a beautiful mix of bright pastels and the flower print is large and very pretty. I love the soft cut over bodice and how each sleeve is cut to pouf out slightly over the cuff. The dress skims over the body and flares out slightly as it nears the hem. You can wear it loose and easy or use the belt to give it shape. I love the contrasting borders that define the neckline, cuffs and hem. The matching belt is done in that same print as the borders are so it too becomes a design element. It is a real little beauty. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a back, hand set metal and nylon zipper. The fabric is a silk jersey and does have some stretch with the fabric signed throughout. The buckle belt is in excellent condition. Each sleeve buttons to close on the cuff. 

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from shoulder to hem
Belt: has three holes set at 27", 28" and 29" respectively 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3792

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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