1980s Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Fuschia Ruffled Evening Gown

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Beyond fantastic..... is this RARE Pierre Cardin fuchsia ruffled silk taffeta long sleeve gown. Runway piece designed in the early 1980's and was the show stopper in the Ebony Fashion Fair. Since its unveiling the gown has lived amongst the gowns in the collection of Mrs. Johnson, the creator of the Historic Fair, and never worn again.

Gorgeous deep pink with layers and layers of billowy and pleated (two techniques words rarely often used together ) adding extra depth of dimension and discussion to the gown. Gorgeous ribbon at high neckline frames the face perfectly. The gown fastens via a back zipper, two hook-and-eyes and a snap closure. Unbelievable piece of Pierre Cardin in the Post Modern era.

Modern size 2, touches the floor on a 5'8" fit model w/o shoes.

Photo Credit: Eunice Johnson Fashion Fair @ Images Guru.

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    Material Notes
    Silk, Ruffle, Lettuce edging
    Wear consistent with age and use
    35.5 in. (90 cm)
    29 in. (74 cm)
    32.5 in. (83 cm)
    Shoulder to Hem
    60 in. (152 cm)
    Seller Location
    Houston, TX
    Reference Number

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2014

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Located in Houston, TX

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