1960s Chic Sculpted Pierre Cardin Dress

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Made of his signature, fine wool jersey, this little black dress is delicious! It has all his classic elements - a sculpted A-line cut, seaming that further defines the cut and large buttons to highlight that seaming. The sleeves and hem are also finished in a flat braided applique. I love the neckline in particular - it appears that it all buttons into place but this is all decorative and just clever seaming and placement of the buttons. The skirt has a rounded pleat set just below the waist on either side of the hip at the front - this adds to the shape of the skirt and also adds yet another element. Pictures do not do it justice, Cardin piece are best appreciate when in hand or worn - they have a magical and sculptural fee and are cut at a masterful level! Excellent, museum quality condition.

Fully lined in a black silk that is hand set. Closes with a back hidden set zipper. The front buttons are decorative only

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Designer
    Pierre Cardin
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    AU1311041281843

About Pierre Cardin

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.

About the Seller

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Located in Toronto, ON

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