hanae mori

Prettiest 1970s Hanae Mori Red Print Light Silk Dress w Full Balloon Sleeves & Tiered Skirt

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 beautiful 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 so just so pretty and the shorter length makes it very easy to wear. 

This is everything you look for in a piece by Hanae Mori. It has one of her custom designed prints screened onto scarf weight light silk. This is also a fabric that takes colour exceptionally well. The base colour is a beautiful deep red that has just a touch of coral to it. It has been printed with that gorgeous flower design mixed with tiny paisley and I love the colour combination of the rich red with the soft print. The neckline is set to drop in a squared off shape at the front and does the same at the back. The silk has been gathered under the border of the neckline and falls to the waist seam. The waist is elastic and this is what gives the bodice that gathered feel that it has. It also makes it incredibly easy and comfortable to wear. The dress is cut to simply float over the body. From there it falls to the hem and is set in a bit of a tier so that the skirt has some shape and volume. The elastic brings the waist in and you could add a belt or ribbon to cinch it in more for added shape. The sleeves are fantastic. Each is an incredibly full balloon sleeve that poufs about the elastic 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 elastic through the waist. Each cuff also is finished with elastic. Tagged a vintage 7 and the easy cut and elastic through the waist 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: approx 22" but meant to come up a bit once on
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic waist: 10-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from tip of shoulder to waist but will blouse over when on 
Total Length: 45.5" from top of shoulder to hem but will come up a bit once on

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED


Item# DD4511

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