Numbered 1970s Lanvin by Jules-Francois Crahay Couture Blue & Metallic Gold Net Lace Dress
This dress was designed by Belgian-born 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 favourites for the house. I especially love the his work during the period through the late sixties and into the early 1970s. He was a genius at print and colour and he pushed the envelope in terms of using cutting edge fabrics available during this time period. This dress is from the early part of the 1970s and it is incredible. The Lanvin label is numbered. It is just stunning in person. Far better then the photos do it justice.
This dress is incredibly made and is shockingly light in weight. It is also cut beautifully. The net lace is very fine and light in weight and then it is backed with a blue silk chiffon through the bodice and a more opaque blue silk through the skirt. The bodice and sleeves have a touch of transparency to them that you can work with and be daring or wear something underneath. Either way it is an unexpected touch of sexiness that offsets the full coverage of the dress. It is made out of a deep blue silk net with embroidered flowers and leafs in a matching blue thread. Gold thread was then embroidered over parts of that design and this was done over the entire dress. The gold catches the light from every angle so that the dress sparkles and glimmers. At the bottom of the skirt there are two wide panels of a thatched metallic gold thread. These are set at the hem and then just above that and really anchor the dress and add visual excitement. The bodice is cut to skim over you and the sleeves are long. Each sleeve ends in an elastic so has a bit of a pouf above the cuff. The waist is seamed but not super cinched and you could add a ribbon or a belt if you really wanted to add more shape. The skirt falls to the floor with a long cut from there and widens out as it nears the hem. Those added panels of gold at the hem help it to retain its volume and shape when you have it on. It is just stunning and even better person. The fabric has so much texture and the metallic bits pick up the light perfectly. It is an absolutely wonderful numbered piece. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a bias cut blue silk chiffon through the top and a silk through the skirt. It closes with a back hand set zipper and there is elastic in each cuff. Hand finishes. The label is numbered and it looks to have been worn very little if at all. The boas cut of the lining and the net give it a little give so I have put the comfortable range of measurements where it will give a bit.
Bust: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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