1960s Couture Pierre Cardin Black Velvet "Tabard" Dress

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This 1960s Pierre Cardin dress is amazing. It is cut with scandalously high slits on each side making it more of a tabard in feel. This can be worn layered over something else whether it is as small and risque as a nude thong or a more conservative route with a trouser or skirt. The neckline is cut high with a defined collar and it is sleeveless. It then falls in two straight, extended rectangular panels on the back and the front. These panels fall right to the floor and a supermodel expanse of plush black velvet. The use of velvet gives it a rich, lush feel that captures the light and becomes a detail of its own. Inside it is lined in a black silk taffeta and this is hand set. It is an incredible, edgy avant garde piece and I would not be surprised to learn that it was meant to be worn on its own even with those incredible, waist high, slits. Excellent condition with one note below

Fully lined in a hand set black silk taffeta. There are two repairs to the inner lining that of course do not affect the exterior. It closes with a back nylon and metal zipper

Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: The actual panel is 17" flat across from side seam to side seam but the sides are open
Length: 56" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin
Excellent. There are two repairs to the inner lining that of course do not affect the exterior..
Wear consistent with age and use
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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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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