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PIERRE CARDIN c.1960's Aquamarine Blue Silk Knife Pleated Shift Dress + Belt


Vintage Pierre Cardin early 1960's aquamarine blue raw silk knife pleated shift dress with belt designed in Paris for Miss Bonwit. Banded bateau neckline. Sleeveless. Shift style. Back knife pleated attached overlay. Gathered waistline at back. Center back metal zipper with two hook and eye closures at top. Two thread chain belt loops. Thin fabric tie belt. Fully lined. Unmarked Fabric Content: Silk. Marked Size: "16" (Vintage). Measurements: DRESS Shoulder: 15.5" (seam to seam) Chest: 37" (armpit to armpit) Waist: 34" (narrowest point) Hip: 42" (measured 6" below waist) Total Length: 44" (side of neckline to hem; measured on back) BELT Length: 50.5" Width: 1.25"


  • Designer
  • Brand
    Pierre Cardin
  • Place of origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent condition aside from minimal imperfections including minor spots/discoloration; minor seam pulling at front right dart as showcased in photos. Please refer to all photos as they are a part of the description and condition report. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked size
    16 (US)
  • Seller location
    Thiensville, WI
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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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