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Vintage Lanvin Jules-Francois Crahay Sequin Gold Beaded Fringe Skirt, 1970s

$1,650

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, Lanvin’s aesthetic reflected intense colors and international prints ranging from Moroccan to Southwestern. Perhaps Crahay’s self-professed love of folklore influenced this pronounced adoption of culturally diverse prints and patterns into the couture house’s production.

Done in black wool, this exquisite skirt is a perfect example of Crahay’s folklore-inspired couture, though the inspiration for the applique design can also be attributed to some of Jeanne Lanvin's early work with Swarovski crystal, as can be seen in the featured images. The skirt sits lower on the hips and falls to a maxi length at the ankles. Two incredible box pleats at the back of the skirt frame a long center panel, bringing fullness to the silhouette of the skirt as well as a sense of movement to the fabric.

Size estimate: Medium

Measurements:

Waist: 27.5

Hips: 38 inches

Length: 42 inches

The skirt is adorned with two rows of mesmerizing concentric circles made from gold beads and gold, red, black, and purple sequins. The second row of circles is larger than the first, which along with the alternate spacing draws the eye downward. Tiers of ruffles frame each row of the medallion-like circles, creating a pleasing rhythm that resolves in the macramé fringe hem.

This beautiful Lanvin skirt is fully lined and has a concealed back zip and hook closure. In excellent condition, this skirt 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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