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Hanae Mori Couture Att Vintage Purple Silk Butterfly Kimono, 1980s


In January 1977, Hanae Mori was the first Asian designer invited to show during Couture Week in Paris. Her distinctive style of Japanese-inspired clothing design frequently explores the use of large-scale prints and diaphanous fabrics. This kimono, likely from the late 1980s or early 1990s, was constructed from a jacquard-woven silk that has been screen-printed with enormous butterflies.

In Japanese culture, butterflies are auspicious creatures that signify metamorphosis and transformation. Silk thread embroidery subtly emphasizes the white outline of butterfly wings. Pieced together as traditional kimono, the narrow widths of fabric have been carefully matched at the center back. Sliding into this luxurious kimono is easy. One can either wrap it closed with a favorite sash, or let it fall loosely open.

Size estimate: One size fits most


Width: 49 inches

Length: 68 inches

This late 1980s/early 1990s kimono by Hanae Mori is in excellent condition. It is constructed from narrow-width yardage with attention to pattern placement and match. Sleeves lengths are exaggerated as in the traditional formal style of kimono called furisode. This floor length kimono is fully lined in swishy satin, and interior facings are dyed to create a dark magenta ombré effect. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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