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Vintage Leonard Paris Metallic Floral Silk Brocade Evening Dress Jacket

$900

“His heart is in flowers. His art is in flowers,” the New York Times wrote to describe the work of Daniel Tribouillard of the Parisian label Leonard. Tribouillard was just 23-years-old in 1958 when Jacques Leonard asked him to turn Leonard’s company, which sold goods to Parisian couture houses, into its own fashion house. Under Tribouillard’s creative leadership, Leonard became known for its printed textiles, particularly its large, complex floral motifs.

This trademark is apparent in this silk garment’s colorful floral pattern, which even manages to work flowers into the clocks. It reflects the Tribouillard’s love and exceptional understanding of floral patterns. His floral designs were especially well received in Japan. So much so, in 1983 the Japanese government asked Tribouillard to redesign the kimono - making him the first and only westerner to ever “penetrate the secret of traditional kimonos manufacturing”.

Size estimate: XS

Size note: The waist is super tiny, best fit for a 23/24 inch waist.

Measurements:

Shoulders: 15.5 inches

Sleeves: 24 inches

Bust: 32 - 34 inches

Waist: 24 inches

Hips: 35 inches

Length: 35 inches front, 36 inches back

This versatile, vintage evening jacket or dress is in excellent condition. A paisley design is woven into the silk blend, with the lurex metallic thread giving the garment a subtle sheen to further elevate the print for the evening. While the stunning floral design could stand on its own, the garment also reflects an impeccable understanding of design, in general. It is beautifully balanced.

Pleats at the waist and lightly padded shoulders add fullness without being bulky, creating the dress’ very defined hourglass silhouette. The deep V neckline leads the eye down to a playful bow and short, full skirt. Snaps and hooks are hidden behind the bow in front. Professionally 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.

References: Leonard Paris Histoire. (n.d.). Menkes, S. (1995, February 14). Leonard Says It With Flowers. The New York Times.

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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