c1968-1970 Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Purple Guipure Lace & Silk Dress
There is a certain silhouette that is closely associated with Pierre Cardin but he was actually a designer that had a huge range. At times some of his other silhouettes get overlooked and they should not be. This wonderful Haute Couture example is from the estate of Baronessde Alain nee Mary Chauvin du Treuil and it was made for her during the period of 1968-1970. It is a beautiful and elegant piece that may not be as 'mod' in feel as some of Cardin's other pieces during this time period but shows the breadth of his talent and the restraint in line that he was capable of.
The dress is made from a handmade guipure lace - a heavy lace consisting of embroidered motifs that are held together by large connecting stitches. The color of the lace changes as it travels from shoulder to hem creating a very pretty and striking palette. The texture and weight of it changes as well. The bands of lacework range from a pale lavender at the top to the deep, rich eggplant at the hem, In between this are colors that are somewhere in the middle between the two. The openness of the lace also changes, with a lighter more open feel at the top and then like the color, it gets gradually denser as it reached the bottom hem. The shape is kept very simple so that the lace and color take center stage. It falls in a sleek column over the body with just a subtle nod to shape through the waist. Underneath, it is lined in a high end pink silk whose color peeks out through the outer lace layer. I love the wide cut sleeves and how they are finished following the pattern of the lace. It is a dress that may seem unremarkable on a hanger but transforms into a very chic and elegant piece once on the body. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a pink silk and closes with a hand set back painted metal zipper. Hand set lining, hand made lace and entirely done by hand as per the definition of Haute Couture.
Shoulders: approx 14.5" but no true seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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