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Dinner Dress, Pierre Cardin


Pierre Cardin; Lesage (Primary maker)
Lesage (maker)
Pierre Cardin (Maker)

Date Made


Place Made

France: Paris


Emerald green silk mini evening dress, sleeveless shift. Neckband at back detaches from bodice at shoulders and is attached to inverted V-shaped front bodice by one point of stitching at centre front. Hook closure at C/B neckband above seam open for 22.5 cms. Neckband, c. 4 cms deep and top front bodice, for c. 5 cms are covered with sequin and paste embroidery, floral shapes built up with shaped sequins over facetted round sequins. Band at hem similarly worked for debth of c. 11 cms with bead fringe c. 4.3 cms long. Green silk lining. Label woven black on white, 'Pierre Cardin / Paris'. From exhibition text early 2000s: Evening dress of green silk, trimmed with heavy embroidery at hem and neck, 1968 Pierre Cardin (1922-) Cardin was one of the most successful Parisian designers of the 1960s, and one the few who could compete with the fashions of 'Swinging London'. His so-called 'space age' designs reflected his interests in new fabrics and shapes. He is credited with developing 'unisex' clothing, and his licensing of his name for a variety of non-fashion goods was a strategy which many designers followed. This simple dress is given weight and shape by the lavish trim. It is thoroughly modern, yet is made to the highest standards of haute couture, The embroidery is by the long established Paris firm of Lasage.



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