hanae mori

Incredible 1970s Hanae Mori Finest Possible Blue Silk Caftan Dress w Pink 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. When I find pieces like this one with such a stunningly beautify example of that  I am very happy. I feel that pieces like this are among the very best representations of her work. This one in its pretty and romantic 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 feather light silk that is that has that soft finish to it that the very best silks have. Think the finest silk scarf you could have in terms of weight and feel. It is also a fabric that takes colour exceptionally well. The entire dress has been printed with that gorgeous flower design and I love the dreamy colour combination of the deep rich blue with pinks and lighter blues. The neckline is set high at the front and closes with buttons at the back. The silk has been gathered across the top of the shoulder for pretty detail. From the neckline it cascades and skims loosely over the body, gently widening out until it reaches the hem. The dress is cut to simply float over the body. It has a slit on one side at the hem and this adds to the movement it has once on the body. Inside the corners at the base of that slit, are hidden weights inside the hem and then more on the opposite side so that the dress falls perfectly. It is incredibly loose and easy on the body and there are even pockets on each hip. I have added a pretty pink ribbon to some of the photos so you can see how you can add shape and completely change the look of the dress by adding something at the waist. The sleeves are fantastic. Each is an incredibly full balloon sleeve that poufs about the cuff. 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

Unlined and slips on to wear with three silk covered buttons above a keyhole at the back of the neck. Each cuff closes is the hidden silk covered snap. The ribbon is not original to the dress but will be included. Hand finished throughout with hand finished inner seams. Tagged a vintage 12 and the loose and easy bias 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

Sleeves: 27" but meant to come up once on
Soft shoulders: 16"
Bust: to 29" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD4210

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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