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Lanvin Silk Rainbow Multicolor Print Fringe 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 Bernard Devaux for women’s diffusion, and 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. Vibrant hues of violet, chartreuse, fuchsia, and orange are used in a chevron pattern on this silk maxi skirt. Geometric shape creates visual interest in the form of the motifs, and formal interest at the zigzagged hem with the fringe comprised of purple, and white yarns.

As the white, and purple fringe gradually becomes the skirt base in violet, and a geometric white design, the hem detailing artfully creates an optical illusion that makes the skirt appear to be being woven on the wearer—a befitting reference to the masterful artisanship of the cultures in which Lanvin was alluding to through designs such as this. An ostentatious gypsy vibe is exuded. The skirt sits slightly lower on the waist, and would be very accommodating, and accentuating of motion.

Size estimate: S/M


Waist: 27 Inches

Hips: 38 inches

Length: 41 inches including the 6 inches of fringe trim

Made from screen printed silk, there is a distinct playfulness about this Lanvin maxi skirt. Chartreuse grosgrain ribbon forms the waistband and is detailed by orange rickrack around the waist seam. Hooks, and a zip fasten the skirt from the side seam. This maxi skirt is in excellent condition. 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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