Late 1970s- Early 1980s Lanvin Rust Coloured Cotton Caftan Dress w Plunge Front & Side Pockets
This fabulous caftan would have been designed by 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 favourite periods for the house. I especially love his work during this period. He was a genius at colour and he pushed the envelope in his work with his cuts. This caftan dress dates to the latter part of the 1970s and it is incredible. I love that it could easily worn by anyone and has a very unisex feel to it.
The caftan is cut to be big and oversized so it is exceptionally easy to wear. It generous open cut will suit a large range of body sizes and types. On a smaller frame it will have an over-sized feel and it could easily work on larger frames and even as a unisex or genderless piece. The sleeves are cut to be straight and wide to form a simple T-shape. The neckline is cut into a very low notched slit at the front and is held in place by a little attached strip of the same fabric. It falls to the floor, gently widening as it nears the hem, and there are slits up each side. It is cut to be very loose and easy through the body. The caftan is a made out of almost canvas finished cotton but is not heavy. The colour is a rusted clay that is more earth tone in feel in person then how it photograhed. I love the big pockets that sit on the outside hip on each side. They go with the oversized feel the piece has and are the perfect finishing touch. Excellent condition
Slips over the head to wear with no closures. Easy to care for and can be machine or hand washed. The cotton has a gentle patina that adds to its feeling of being authentic vinage and is from natural aging. The loose and easy cut should work on a variety of sizes.
Sleeves: approx 23"
Dropped shoulders: 18" at seams but no true shoulder
Bust: 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 28.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-XL, OSFA
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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