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Mexicana white pintucked cotton and lace ensemble, circa 1960

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A rare Mexicana white pintucked cotton skirt suit, circa 1960. Bishop sleeved blouse with lace cotton frills on cuff and collar. High waisted full skirt with ruffled back and metal zip closure at rear. Mexicana was a London boutique on Lower Solane Street created by fashion illustrated and designer Alfredo Bouret. Bouret found himself sketching in the salons of Coco Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior after winning a scholarship in Mexico to work for a few months in Paris. It only took weeks for the reserved illustrator's speed and skill to be noticed by couturier Pierre Balmain, who offered him an apprenticeship. Before long French Vogue came calling with a contract that kept him busy from 1948 until 1962, churning out at least four pages of sketches a month. Dismissing Bouret's couture credentials would be a mistake, considering he was one of the few people allowed into the notoriously fickle Cristobal Balenciaga's salon. "It was through my love for Mexico that I made my career," Bouret says. "In fact, one of my Mexican sketches inspired a young designer at the house of Jean Desses. He saw the sketch and designed a collection around it. He's gone on to do some good things. His name was Valentino." Bouret opened his boutique 'Mexicana in the 1960s with the couturier John Cavanagh, featuring clothes and accessories inspired by his homeland, Mexico. source: theaustralian

Details

  • Designer
    ALFREDO BOURET
  • Brand
    Mexicana
  • Place of origin
    United Kingdom
  • Period
  • Material notes

    Lace

    Cotton

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    27 in. (68.58 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Reference number
    LU14021784723

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