1970s Pauline Trigere Black & Gold Silk w Red Snake Print Dress & Scarf
Pauline Trigere launched her label in 1942. She had moved to the US from Paris in 1937 and her designs always have that bit of a French feel to them. By 1949 she had been awarded a Coty and won one again in both 1951 and 1959. The 1959 win coincided with being inducted into the Coty Fashion Hall of Fame. She as a pioneer in the use of cottons and wool for evening, In 1961 she made headlines for being the first major fashion house to use amply an African American model.
This is a gorgeous dress that has been done using layers of a black ribbon silk that is printed with two variations of a snake print, one in red and one in a tan color, on the exterior panel/overlay. The fabric also has a fine gold thread running through it that gives it a hint of glitz as it catches the light. The inner part of the dress is finished solely with a ribbon feel to it that gives it yet another added bit of texture. The touch of transparency to the silk chiffon also gives it an added dimension. It is constructed with a simple inner sheath that has an overlay of silk falling over it from the neckline. The entire dress is suspended from the shoulders from two silk straps in the same version of the fabric as the inner sheath. The inner dress zips to close at the back and then the full length panels of silk fall over this opening the full length down the front. When you move this creates tremendous movement as the silk overlay billows around you. The dress comes with its original matching sash that is very long. I have showed a couple of ways it could be used and you could also wear it as a headpiece or turban. This is one of those pieces that may look like nothing special off the body or on the dress form but once it is on an actual body it comes to life. It is an unusual design and quite forward for its time period. Excellent condition
Fully lined with a nude silk chiffon and zips to close at the back. Hand finishes throughout. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from top of shoulder to hem
Scarf: just under 9 feet long x 21" wide
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: 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.
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