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1960s Pierre Cardin Silk Dress with Cape


An incredible dress from Pierre Cardin in off white silk with abstract navy shapes highlighted with rows of trapunto embroidery at the neck, wrists and hem. An amazing cape drapes from the shoulders at the back of the dress. The dress and cape are fully lined and it has a back hand stitched painted metal zipper. A real couture piece from the 1960's. Fits sizes Medium, Large. Bust 38" Waist 38" Hips 40" Shoulders 15" Sleeves 25" Length 36"


  • Material Notes
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  • Marked Size
    M, L (US)
  • Bust
    38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Waist
    38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Hip
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
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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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