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Karl Lagerfeld For Jean Patou 1950s K-line Cocktail Dress


Karl Lagerfeld designed for the Couture house of Jean Patou in Paris. The time was the late 1950s and Dior reigned supreme. As odd as it may seem this dress received terrible reviews in Paris for it"s adventurous design. The papers for his first collection read "A collection which stressed shape and had no trace of last year's sack." The reporter went on to say: "A couple of short black cocktail dresses were cut so wide open at the front that even some of the women reporters gasped. Other cocktail and evening dresses feature low, low-cut backs." Most interestingly, Karl said that his design silhouette for the season was called the "K", which was translated into a straight line in front, with a low fullness to the skirt. This dress is labeled with a Boutique label however there are several couture touches from the hand set zipper to the shaped petticoat. Not couture however an important piece from the very beginning of the 20th century's most famous designer.


  • Condition
    Excellent. One tiny piece of wear to the shoulder most likely hangar wear, Otherwise near mint condition..
  • Dimensions

    D 41 in. x L 41 in.

    D 104.14 cm x L 104.14 cm

  • Marked size
    4 (US)
  • Bust
    36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Waist
    26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Hip
    36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Length
    41 in. (104.14 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
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