1960s Pierre Cardin for Takashimaya Red Loop Dress
In 1958 Pierre Cardin went to Toykyo and ended up staying a month - he met his longtime muse, model Hiroko Matsumoto, who he invited to France in 1960, and made history when she became the first Japanese model to walk in the Paris collections. While there he also inked a deal with the department store Takashimaya, which led to Pierre Cardin becoming the first Western brand to be manufactured and designed specifically for the Japanese market.
This is an absolutely amazing and very rare and early piece from Pierre Cardin and that collaboration with the Takashimaya, department store in Japan. It is also an important and early rendition of what was to become a theme of his work in later collections with that attached looping of fabric at the front. The chic and simple lines that we covet from Cardin ware present and and again you can see how this was expended on later for the American markets. It is made of a fine, light wool crepe in the perfect red. The shape is wonderful and flattering - a simple A-line cut with a rounded neckline and sleek sleeves. A seam is set vertically across the front and from it dangles two flat loops of fabric that sit around each other. These early label Cardin for Takashimaya pieces came straight out of the Cardin Atelier. A rare find and a sound investment piece. Excellent condition.
Fully lined through the body in a red silky rayon with the sleeves left unlined. It closes with a painted metal zipper at the back. The red is a little brighter and better in person
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.