Incredible 1960s Pierre Cardin Psychedelic Orb Hem Dress

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An amazing example of Pierre Cardin's couture work in a colorful psychedelic silk print. It is long sleeved with a crew neck and skims the body to the thighs. It then explodes in cacophony of large circular orbs each stitched vertically along their centers around the entire hem circumference, higher in the front and dipping in the back. Very dramatic, lots of movement and flutter as the orbs move. The dress is fully lined in silk, has an invisible hidden back zipper, bias finished neckline and sleeves with hand stitching details expected in such a special couture piece.
Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Bust 35"
Waist 32"
Hips 36"
Shoulders 14"
Sleeves 23"
Length Front 46"
Length Back 53"

Fits size Extra Small, Small.

Details

  • Period
    1960-1969
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  • Condition
    New or Never Worn
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU511221854

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

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Located in New York, NY

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