1960s Pierre Cardin for Takashimaya Red Loop Dress

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In 1958 Pierre Cardin went to Toykyo and ended up staying a month - he met his longtime muse, model Hiroko Matsumoto, who he invited to France in 1960, and made history when she became the first Japanese model to walk in the Paris collections. While there he also inked a deal with the department store Takashimaya, which led to Pierre Cardin becoming the first Western brand to be manufactured and designed specifically for the Japanese market.

This is an absolutely amazing and very rare and early piece from Pierre Cardin and that collaboration with the Takashimaya, department store in Japan. It is also an important and early rendition of what was to become a theme of his work in later collections with that attached looping of fabric at the front. The chic and simple lines that we covet from Cardin ware present and and again you can see how this was expended on later for the American markets. It is made of a fine, light wool crepe in the perfect red. The shape is wonderful and flattering - a simple A-line cut with a rounded neckline and sleek sleeves. A seam is set vertically across the front and from it dangles two flat loops of fabric that sit around each other. These early label Cardin for Takashimaya pieces came straight out of the Cardin Atelier. A rare find and a sound investment piece. Excellent condition.

Fully lined through the body in a red silky rayon with the sleeves left unlined. It closes with a painted metal zipper at the back. The red is a little brighter and better in person

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 13"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

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

  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Excellent. The red is a little brighter and better in person..
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    LU1282427353

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

1stdibs seller since 2010

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Located in Toronto, ON

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