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Hanae Mori Couture Bright Floral Silk Museum Held Dress, 1960s


Hanae Mori is not only an iconic designer but a trailblazer in the diversification of the mainstream fashion scene. As one of the first Asian designers to be recognized by the Parisian haute couture industry, Mori was pivotal in bringing vibrant Japanese motifs and silhouettes to the fore.

Her eye for detail and elegant, colorful designs cemented her as a fashion visionary and revolutionary. Done in an exuberant cerise silk overlay chiffon, this column dress is printed with a floral motif in tones of sage, magenta, coral, and cyan.

At centre front, light gathers radiate from the Nehru collar into the expanse of the dress ending at a gently flared hem. Beautifully fitted to the shoulders, the sleeves have a smooth bell shape that finishes in a layered lettuce hem that gives the effect of flower petals playing off of the print of the fabric.

Exquisitely finished, this light and airy dress is bold and vibrant making it a stunning wardrobe addition that can easily be worn as is or belted for a more contemporary feel. A similar dress is currently held as part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Goldstein Museum of Design.

Size estimate: Medium


Shoulders: 15.5 inches

Sleeves: 25 inches

Bust: 40 inches

Waist: 36 inches

Hips: 40 inches

Length: 54 inches

In excellent condition, this dress is lined by an under layer of rayon and has been finished by hand. It closes at centre back with a concealed zip and 3 hooks and eyes at the collar. Professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed, 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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