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Rare1950s Pierre Cardin Wool Eggplant Purple Sheath Dress

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Rare.... this wool sleeveless, crewneck sheath dress by Pierre Cardin is absolutely charming! The dress features a belt-like center waist panel and a tulip-like slit in the center of the front of the dress. The dress' two curved front pockets are accented by strips of scalloped suede in petal-like arrangements. The suede strips themselves are accented with silver studs. The dress is fully lined. Modern US Size 4 Slit: 7 inches *All MRS Couture garments and accessories have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping. They are ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Condition
    Good. The dress lining is slightly discolored..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked size
    4 (US)
  • Bust
    34.5 in. (87.63 cm)
  • Waist
    29 in. (73.66 cm)
  • Hip
    38.5 in. (97.79 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    38.25 in. (97.16 cm)
  • Seller location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference number
    LU10322011443

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About Pierre Cardin (Manufacturer)

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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