hanae mori

Stunning 1970s Hanae Mori Green Extensive Floral Print Green Silk Chiffon Dress w Balloon Sleeves & Belt

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 with elements of her homeland. When I find pieces like this one with such a stunningly beautify example of her early prints 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 fresh green colour palette is just so pretty.

This is everything you look for in a piece by Hanae Mori. It has one of her custom designed prints screened onto a feather light silk chiffon. Think the finest silk scarf you could have in terms of weight and feel. The entire dress has been printed with a gorgeous and romantic flower design that combines several types of flowers. I love that it includes some tiny little insects and birds flying over the flowers in the print. The neckline is high with a neat little collar. The sleeves are incredible. The silk has been gathered into the shoulders and this is the secret behind their fullness. From there they open out to be incredibly full and balloon over the wrists. I love that she used the parts of the silk that have the most extensive amount of the print on it for the sleeves. This perfectly picks up on the hem of the dress where that same extensive and dense floral print has been used. The fullness of the sleeves allow them to billow out around the cuff and create such a pretty effect once on the body. From the neckline it cascades and skims loosely over the body and gently widens out until it reaches the hem. The dress is cut to simply float over the body. It does come with its original wide sash belt that is done in a solid green and has been top stitched. This gives you the option of wearing it more cinched in through the waist. I have photoed it both ways for you to see and I love that you can add shape and completely change the look of the dress by adding the belt. This is a dress that you slip on and feel completely comfortable when wearing 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 with a minor note below

Fully lined with a green silk and a full second layer of silk chiffon under the top printed layer. It closes with a back zipper. The sleeves are unlined. Each cuff closes with a two hidden silk covered snaps. The original tie belt is included. Hand finished throughout. The hem is finished by hand, but it looks like it was redone at some point by someone and I see a tiny little stitch of a repair on one sleeve. The loose and easy 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 frame.

Sleeves: approx 25" and very full through the arm
Slightly inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4688

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