This is a striking 1970s era printed silk jersey dress made in France by Leonard Fashion Paris. Leonard is often compared to Pucci, and there was similarity in the complex, colourful mod prints utilized by both during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. Leonard was a textile business that expanded into garments in 1958, initially printing on English weaves and introducing a line of printed silk jersey in 1968. The dress has a high rounded cowl-type neckline with long inset sleeves that puff at the double button cuff. The dress is constructed to hug the body silhouette and flare to the hemline so that the skirt falls in drapes. It does up the back with a nylon zipper and is unlined. The ornate print is really amazing in tones of electric purple, orange, brown, tan and sand yellow. The print is signed in a number of places with “Léonard Fashion”.
Label: “Leonard Fashion Paris Made in France”. The content label reads “Soie Naturelle 1”
Material: Silk jersey
Sizing: The size label reads as a French size 1, and although this should fit a medium size, please rely on the following measurements for fit, taking the style of the garment and the stretch of the fabric into consideration:
Shoulders: 15” across from shoulder seam to shoulder seam
Sleeves: 28” from shoulder seam
Sleeve Inseam: 21 1/2”
Bust: 36” around
Waist: 29” around
Hips: 36” around
Overall length: 58”, measured flat
Condition: It is in excellent condition with no wear, tear or pulls. This dress looks to have seen very little use and was well stored over the last 50 or so years.
This is a beautiful quality dress - wonderful style and gorgeous silk jersey, stunning!