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1967 Rare Iconic Pierre Cardin Wool Trapeze Accordian Pleat Coat Dress


A 1967 rare Pierre Cardin pale blue melton wool coat dress with graduated accordion pleats from collar to hem. This spectacular statement piece is for the serious collector - Cardin made a similar model for Mia Farrow which she can be seen wearing in her first starring role in the film "A Dandy in Aspic" and was auctioned in 2008 for over $19k. (See images) The coat dress features circular padded roll collar with prestud fasteners, a heavy brass zipper and an oversize ring pull at the center front, a self fabric hem band, 3/4 tube sleeves and blue silky lining. In very good condition. There is no size tag but my guess is it would fit a size 4 or 6. Labeled: Pierre Cardin Paris 'collection' modeles exclusifs pour l'Allemagne. MEASUREMENTS: Shoulders: 15.5" Bust: 44" Sleeves: 21" Length: 36"


  • Condition
    Good. The coat is in very good condition with some scattered areas where the wool has been seamlessly repaired using the invisible French reweaving technique. Two or three very tiny areas with the beginning of wear to the wool..
  • Marked size
    4 or 6 (US)
  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
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About Pierre Cardin (Manufacturer)

Best known for creating groundbreaking fashion designs from the 1950s onward, Pierre Cardin has enjoyed great success in other design fields, most notably furniture. Cardin’s chairs, cabinets, tables and other pieces share many of the keynotes of his clothing designs. They are simple, geometric, elegant and cool.

     Cardin was born in a village near Venice, Italy, and raised in central France. Always interested in fashion, he left home at age 17 to train with a Vichy tailor. After the end of World War II, Cardin moved to Paris and worked for a succession of couture houses, before taking a job with Christian Dior in 1946. Cardin went solo in 1950, and quickly won attention for his novel style. Unlike Dior’s famous New Look, Cardin’s clothes de-emphasized a woman’s curves; his breakthrough pieces like the Bubble dress had, instead, a sculptural quality. In the following decade, Cardin introduced bright tunic dresses and shifts, marketed as the Space Age look and accessorized with vinyl hats and visors.

     In the 1970s Cardin expanded his design work into furniture, jewelry and automobiles. (Later, licensing agreements would put Cardin’s name on goods ranging from perfume to sunglasses.) Cardin’s furniture pieces — inspired, perhaps, by the rediscovery of Art Deco design in that decade — feature simple, symmetrical forms, lacquer and figured veneer finishes, and accents in metals such as aluminum and brass. Whether you are looking for a vintage cocktail dress or a chest of drawers to keep it in, as you will see from these pages, Pierre Cardin offers an option in either that is timelessly chic.

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