Rare 1950s Early Pauline Trigere Silk Set

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This is a very rare and early example of Pauline Trigere's work. It is exceptionally beautiful and I think it is the epitome of the look she represent - that sophisticated, structured and lady-like tailoring that was cut meticulously. She often cut on the body and was a master at bringing fabric to life. This set was constructed from an extremely lightweight, high grade silk taffeta that holds it shape fantastically - you can literally tie the sash into a bow and it will remain exactly as formed and yet it is not stiff in even the slightest bit! The top is a study in line - every curve is perfection and I love how the peplum points on either side of the hip. The skirt is very full - I did not photo it over a crinoline but easily could have created a full cupcake shape had I chosen to. I particularly love the huge slanted flap pockets on the skirt. It is a classic, beautiful and wearable piece of demi-couture that for me really sums up everything I love about this time period. Very light, very rare, meticulously constructed and an amazing museum worthy example of one of the great designers. Excellent condition

Top
Bust: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 12-17" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 17" from neck to hem with the side points extending another 4.5"
Skirt
Waist: 12.5-13" flat across from seam to seam
Hips: open
Length: 27.5" from waist to hem

Sash: 62" x 4.5"

Both the top and skirt are unlined very high grade, fine silk taffeta. The top closes with hidden snaps and hook & eye at the side. The waist of the top has elastic in at so is an easy fit. The skirt closes with a painted metal zipper and a combo of a flat hook & eye and a snap on the waistband. The tie is original to the dress and can be wrapped around the waist or used on the neck. I chose not to style it over a crinoline but you could add one and get a very, very full round shape.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (2-6)

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent.
  • Marked Size
    XS-SML (2-6) (US)
  • Dealer Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    AU1212101281350
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