Hanae Mori, Designer (Japanese, 1926-)

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Hanae Mori blended traditional Western forms with Japanese aesthetics. Her first collection, presented in New York in 1965, was called “East Meets West”. That same year she was inducted into France's Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, as the first and only female Asian couturier to become a member of this prestigious organization.

This dress, with its long, swinging sleeves and a wide obi-like sash, was inspired by the kimono, Japanese traditional garment.

Bergdorf Goodman, New York; Mrs. S. Schwanim (1973). (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois), 21 September 2008, lot 118; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009.

Object Information

Hanae Mori (Japanese, 1926-)
creation date
silk velvet, printed
A) dress: L: 52 in.
B) belt: L: 60 in.
mark descriptions
Label, black on white: Hanae Mori (English and Japanese text)
Label: Bergdorf Goodman, On The Plaza, New York
Label, at side seam: BERGDORF GOODMAN, ON THE PLAZA, NEW YORK name, date and number lines have been filled in with what appears to be black ball point pen: "Lida" and "35" on each side of the Bergdorf Goodman logo, "(M)rs. S. Schwanim" on the name line, "68708-17" on the "DATE" line and "10-5-73" on the "NO." line.
Label: out cloth/silk/rayon / lining/100% rayon / Made in Japan / dry cleaning only
accession number
credit line
Deaccessioned Textiles Fund
Textile and Fashion Arts

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