This is not the typical ephemera that I offer, but an interesting vintage piece for an aspiring young fashion designer. It is an invitation to a Paris fashion show featuring a new "haute couture" line from Lecoanet Hemant in the spring of 1988.
It is double thickness, glued together (to hide the stitching of the blue skirt material) and measures about 8.25 by 6 inches. I have included a scan of it next to a typical antique postcard to give you size perspective (the postcard is not included). The 'skirt' is actually a wide strip of ribbon, I think. I'm not sure what kind of fabric other than to say it's shiny, like satin.
I love the color of the photograph, a rich dark brown-red. It reminds me of an albumen print from the turn of the century. Lecoanet Hemant is a young company, started in 1981 by Didier Lecoanet and Hemant Sagar. My theory is they choose the vintage photo color to show that although they were a young upstart in the fashion world, their style was classic, timeless haute couture.
This huge card does have creases, visible in the white border: corners, top right corner in particular has a large crease; there is also about a 3-inch long crease at the right in the center of the white border. Still chic as is; nothing that a matt couldn't hide.
I've included direct scans and a variety of photos. Any questions, don't hesitate to send me a message.
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