1968 Pierre Cardin Colorful Psychedelic Pleated Silk-Chiffon Mod Mini Dress

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Spectacular late 1960's Pierre Cardin pleated-silk babydoll mini dress in a vibrant psychedelic silk-chiffon. In 1951 Cardin opened his own couture house and by 1957, he started a ready-to-wear line; a bold move for a French couturier at the time. The look most associated with Cardin is the “Space Age” collections of the 1960's which made some of the most futuristic clothing of the era. This colorful number is a perfect example of his genuine. The construction of this garment is amazing; tightly pleated silk-chiffon secured into place at the hem with a wide structured hemline that gives the dress weight. The sleeves are cut narrow at the shoulder and end with beautiful button-cuffs. I adore babydoll mini silhouette which is so figure flattering. A beautiful piece of wearable fashion history. "The clothing I prefer are those I invent for a life that doesn’t yet exist– the world of tomorrow!" Pierre Cardin

Measurements
Bust:34-35 inches
Hips:up to 37 inches
Sleeve Length:23 inches
Total Length:33 inches

This Pierre Cardin garment is in excellent condition with no rips or stains. Perfectly working back-zipper. The garment is lined with an under-dress made of silk. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.

Details

  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    AU120928309250

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.

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