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Rare 1950s Early Pauline Trigere Silk Set


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)


  • Condition
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked size
    XS-SML (2-6) (US)
  • Bust
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Waist
    13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD1072
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