pauline trigere

c.1977 Pauline Trigere Silk 'Fireworks' Print Halter Dress & Cape

This is a beautiful example of Pauline Trigere's work during this time period. The dress comes from its original owner who provided the approximate date that she purchased it.

Trigere was a master at cut and often fitted garments directly on a model. She was also very hands on and the construction of the dress shows this as it is immaculately finished with many hand details. Both the dress and its matching cape are made from a fine silk crepe chiffon.  in a deep blue. Onto that base is a 'fireworks' design in soft pastel colors that graduate from one color to the next as they travel through the swirls and curves of each design. Behind each is a softened, diffused ivory - perhaps to hint at smoke? The pattern covers both pieces and is quite stunning. The body of the dress is cut wide and full with an almost caftan feel to it as it swing out from under the top portion of the dress. The neckline is dipped into a low V at the front and back is cut even lower to leave the back almost completely exposed. Over this lies a gorgeous little capelet that dips down into points at the front and back. It is far, far better in person then how it photoed on a dress form. It is bias cut and really need s a real body in it to show it off best. Excellent condition.

The dress is fully lined in the same silk through the halter top and a blue silk through the skirt. All hand finishes. The dress closes with a low back zipper and the cape slips over the head and buttons at the neck. Bias cut so does have some play

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 48" from shoulder to hem
Capelet: 39" from neck to longest point in length

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3051

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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