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
1960-1969
Material Notes
Cotton, Lace
Condition
Excellent
Bust
34 in. (86 cm)
Waist
27 in. (69 cm)
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU14021784723
Address
One Of A Kind Archive
259 Portobello Road
Notting Hill
London W11 1LR
GB
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