c.1967 Pierre Cardin ‘Cosmocorps’ Collection Cut Out Blue Neckline on Black Wool Dress
The 1967 ‘Cosmocorps’ showing was a unisex collection that drew inspiration from recent technological and scientific advances of the time. The dresses were cut in a modified triangle shape that redefined the curves of the female body. in the reference photos from that year you can see the similar cut out design treatments at the front bodices. These were shown at the time worn over skin- tight leotards but work equally as well now worn with nothing under them so that bare skin peaks through the but outs at the neck.
The dress is constructed from an inky black wool of a mid-weight that holds the sculpted shape perfectly. It is cut in a sleek little triangular shape through the body that gives it that classic Cardin silhouette. He cut these dresses deliberately to define the shape of the dress rather than the body under it. The woman wearing it is meant to provide the foundation for the dress rather then the dress to highlight the woman. At the neck there is a front bib in a contrasting panel. The color of the panel is a bright blue and into that panel are two of his signature curved cut outs. These open cut outs are classic Cardin and give the dress a graphic feel. This same blue is used at each cuff With each sleeve cut to billow out slightly above. It is more fitted through the bust and the opens up as it curves past the waist and the flares out over the hips and to the hem. This is Cardin at his best and is an instantly recognizable design. It is very rare and very special. Excellent condition with two small notes to review below.
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a back zipper and hook & eye at the back neck. Each cuff closes with a black fabric covered button. There is a teeny thinning of the fabric at the neck that is barely noticeable and there are two nips out of the fabric near the seam at one side. See the reference photos for both areas. These have been there since I acquired it and the dress has been specialty cleaned. They came through cleaning with no further issues and the fabric is strong and stable.
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Pierre Cardin Collection 1967. Photo by Giancarlo Botti. / (2) Pierre Cardin Ready-to-wear Cosmocorps collection, 1967. From the book "Pierre Cardin: Fifty Years of Fashion and Design". / (3) Pierre Cardin, Cosmocorps collection, 1967. Photograph by Yoshi Takata/DR., © Archives Pierre Cardin. / (4-5) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.