pauline trigere

1970s Pauline Trigere Contrasting Black & White Silk Rope Print Dress

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. The 1972 collection used variations of the floral motif all through it and I believe that this dress us from the spring of that year.

That gorgeous dress has a kind of abstract rope print that helps to add to that wonderful black and white contrast that you see. For the bodice, the fabric is a fine semi-sheer silk that has a ribbon effect running through it that gives it another dimension. The skirt is the same but the parts between the ribbon finish are more opaque. The fabric choice gives the dress a wonderful soft feel that is on contrast tot eh string black and white pattern. The touch of transparency in the top combined with setting it over the inner white lining also gives it a bit of added depth. The top is cut to sit loosely over the bust. There are small gathers along the shoulders for a little bit of detailing and the neckline is set square and wide across. I think you could easily wear the sleeves off the shoulder if you wished. The sleeves are cut to billow above their elastic cuffs. The waist is seamed and below that the contrasting skirt falls in a column of fabric to the floor. I love the two big pleats set on either side that add a touch if interest to the way the skirt sits. 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 would look even better belted. Excellent condition with one small note to review below

Both pieces are lined with a semi-sheer silk, white for the top and black for the skirt.  The sleeves are unlined and purposely attached at the top of the shoulder only. It closes with a metal and nylon zipper at the back. There is the teeniest of discoloration to the fabric at the small of the back. Please see the last photo after the shot of the label . It photoed darker then it is in real life.

Sleeves: 19"
Shoulders: no true seam
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem with 4" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3434

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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