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Leonard Paris Floral Silk Lace Inset Maxi Dress, 1990s


Synonymous with luxury and innovation, Léonard Paris is known for their silk jersey dresses and signature orchid prints. Referring to himself as “... a couturier with a sense of marketing,” Daniel Tribouillard was originally inspired to create floral prints to contrast the popular geometric designs of Emilio Pucci. The unique success of what began as an astute business decision became a genuine romance, the prints taking precedence over the style of the garments themselves, almost always incorporating flowers, which, as Tribouillard said himself, “Léonardizes” a design.

From the 1990’s, this fabulous dress is done in Leonard’s signature silk jersey and sheer floral lace. The beautiful material features a print of large flowers in shades of light pink, magenta, red, grey, and lavender on a black ground. The print is interspersed throughout with large mint green leaves and white and black flowers that complement the black lace inset.

The lace inset bodice begins with a simple jewel neckline and long lace sleeves that reach the wrist in scalloped cuffs. At the bust, the jersey fabric that makes up the body of the dress creates a second, v- shaped neckline, emphasizing the natural lines of the body. Beneath the bust, an angular cut out reveals another section of lace, providing a sensuous, risqué element.

Size: 38 FR

Size estimate S/M


Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 30 inches

Hips: 41 inches

Length: 60 inches

The dress is fitted from the bodice to the upper thigh before flaring out to a maxi length at the ankles in a high-low hem, creating a trumpet silhouette. A complementary print at the bust and center front of the dress bordered by light grey stripes pulls the dress together visually while giving it more of a formal feel. A sexy, feminine addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress is the perfect choice for a wedding, party, or special occasion.

This Leonard Paris maxi dress is unlined and closes with a back zip. 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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