#7416 $650Hanae Mori silk evening dress, 1970s
Japanese designer Hanae Mori created a sensation in the fashion world when she opened Paris boutiques (1977) to showcase her cutting edge textile designs. Mori's exquisitely feminine style can be seen in her couture quality oeuvre and in costumes for La Scala and the Paris Opera Ballet.
Her aesthetic inspiration springs from two great design traditions: traditional kimono design, in which she is deeply knowledgeable; and French fashion history and practice, where she is totally au courant. Mori was the first Asian woman to be admitted to France's elite haute couture syndicate.
With a silk chiffon top printed with airy blossoms, the exquisite evening design is an exemplar of Mori's style. The floating quality of the print is enhanced with a profusion of bias-cut ruffles that frame the front opening. The full sleeves, cut-in-one with the bodice, are cuffed at the wrist with ruffles.
The long, loosely gathered skirt has printed stripes on a geometric jacquard ground. The skirt and blouse are attached at the waist with elastic covered with a floral sash. The bodice is lined with white chiffon; the skirt has a taupe silk lining.
The bias-cut ruffles on the bodice hint at a second layer, materializing Mori's beloved "floating design." Her inspiration was the floating world of Ukiyo-e, a major 18th century Japanese art genre. In Ukiyo-e block prints, single prints are built up in layers of aligned blocks, each carrying different colors and pieces of the design.
The elegant dress is comfortable and effortless to wear.
The condition is almost excellent. On the bodice is a pinprick-size spot, which is barely noticeable.
The size is marked 14.
It measures: 40" bust, 30" waist, 50" hip, and 62" from shoulder to hem.