Prettiest 1970s Lanvin Couture Pastel Floral Print Strapless Silk Chiffon Dress w Balloon Sleeve Jacket

This is just the prettiest dress and shows the softer side of Lanvin from this time period. This 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 hugel​y ​desirable and influential.' His time at the Lanvin label is one of my personal favourite periods for the house and I especially love his work during this period. He was a genius at colour and I love that this pieces show that he could also be very romantic in his approach to print. This dress dates to the latter part of the 1970s and it is incredible. The inner seams are all edged and there are hand finishes throughout. It is just incredible.

The dress is made from the most beautiful pale pink rose printed silk chiffon and there are yards of fabric in its construction. The bodice is gathered in an elaborate ruching of silk that begins at the top of the bodice, continues over the waist and then runs right to the top of the hips. The Silk is gathered into tiny little gathers that rock around you and I caught up along the length of each side. The dress is strapless and the neckline has just the slightest of curves across the top. The bodice is fitted and cinches in at the waist with interior boning to help hold the shape. I love that it is extended to the top of the hips so you really get shaping all through the torso. The skirt cascades to the floor from under that and it is made up of three layers of weightless silk chiffon. The two inner layers are a pale ivory and all three layers are bias cut. There are many yards of fabric in the skirt and this lets the skirt float over and around the body to give it the feel of airiness and lightness. I think if you were to lay the skirt out flat it would extend beyond a full circle. The lightness of the silk gives it a gorgeous movement when you move and walk. To help with the floating movement the skirt has all of the edges on all three layers have been wire finished and this creates the slightest bit of ruffle. It is very beautiful. This one comes with a matching cropped jacket that is very clever. The back is very full and easy but once on this gathers up to sit just above the edge of the neckline at the back. At the front it covers just the front and tops of the shoulders. The sleeves are these massively full balloon sleeves that I love. They sit above fitted cuffs that button up with matching silk covered buttons and then the sleeves poof over them beautifully. Once on an actual arm they really come to life. A little silk flower in a matching pink sits at the top of each cuff for added detail and a touch of romance. I love that you can wear the dress with out without the jacket and get two completely different looks. Excellent condition with a minor note below.

The dress is fully lined through the bodice in a hand set ivory silk and the skirt is made from three layers of silk chiffon as described above. The dress closes with a side zipper and the jacket has no closures. The cuffs of the jacket button to close with 7 silk covered buttons on each cuff. Hand finishes to demi-couture level and light boning through the inner bodice. The waist stay hooks to close. I see a small area of darkening on the back of one sleeve. Please see the photo after the label shot.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom seam of bodice: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural hips: open
Bodice: 15" from top of the bodice to bottom seam
Skirt: 36" from bottom seam to hem

Sleeves: approx 28" and will come up when on
Shoulders: no true seam
Bust-bottom hem: approx 22" flat across from side seam to side seam and will drape smaller if needed once on

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4363

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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