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Lanvin Jules-François Crahay Demi Couture Documented Red Pleated Brocade Maxi Skirt 1970s


Countercultural styles in the 1970s were iconic and revolutionary in the realm of fashion. Bohemian and neo-aesthetic dress trickled up from the subversive youth cultures to the couture houses. Under the direction of Jules-François Crahay heading the couture division, Lanvin’s aesthetic reflected intense colors, and international prints ranging from Moroccan to Southwestern.

Perhaps Crahays self-professed love of folklore influenced this pronounced adoption of culturally diverse prints and patterns into the couture house’s production, which can be seen in this magnificent 1973 l skirt. Done in a crimson silk crepe, this regal demi-couture skirt is a rare find.

Made from lots of fabric that moves beautifully with the wear, this skirt has an elegant, slender silhouette. The skirt begins with an incredible high waist featuring bands of gold ribbon and elaborate silk brocade in shades of green, white, purple, and orange. The high waist accentuates the hips in an almost corset-like fashion while the brocade detailing elevates this skirt into a work of art.

Size estimate: XS/S

Waist: 25 inches

Hips: open

Length: 46.5 inches

The box-pleated silk crepe falls from the hips to a maxi length at the ankles, where another wide band of silk brocade and gold ribbon at the hem mirror the high waist. The heavy silk brocade at the hem gradually holds the pleats open, balancing the skirt while adding another layer of depth. A spectacular addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this Lanvin skirt can easily be worn with a silk blouse and is the perfect choice for a wedding, gala, or special occasion.

This Lanvin skirt is unlined and closes with a painted metal zipper. In excellent condition, it has been 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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