1960s Pierre Cardin for Takashimaya Silk Print 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. That collaboration still exists to today.
This is an absolutely amazing and very rare, early piece from Pierre Cardin and that collaboration. It combines the chic and simple lines we covet from Cardin with a strikingly beautiful print. The silk textile the dress itself is made of is just beyond amazing - it is hand woven and the high quality and beauty of the design is breathtaking. The palette combines a shocking pink with purple, red and a deep deep green. The shape is wonderful and flattering - a simple A-line cut with a pretty rounded collar and a zipped front. Little cap sleeves and a rounded scooped up side hem banded with the same purple silk as the collar are the perfect finish. A rare find and a sound investment piece! These early label Cardin for Takashimaya pieces came straight out of the Cardin Atelier. Excellent, seemingly unworn condition.
Fully lined through the body in a fine purple tissue silk. The cap sleeves are left unlined. It slips on the wear with a painted metal zipper at the front and hook & eye at the top of the neck.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" 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.
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