c1969 Possible Pierre Cardin Beaded Dress & Vest Set
This set was a bit of a mystery as when hunting for information we found what looks to be the twin of this dress in pink from the 1969 Pierre Cardin collection. This dress has no Cardin tags but does have what I think are the label of a high end shop in Vienna. I think this is indeed a Cardin design that was licensed to the shop to produce for their clients. This was done at the time to avoid customs and importing taxes for clients and it is the best possible explanation as the design is just too similar and the quality to high to be anything else but. Regardless, the set is amazing and I personally like it in the chocolate even more as it sets off and contrasts with the copper and gold beading perfectly. The inner dress is a long, sleek sleeveless sheath with a high collar. Over this sits is a full length vest that closes at the neck only and has little cap sleeves and high vents running up each side. This allows the fantastic design that runs down the front like jewels to peek through perfectly. The huge diamond shaped medallions that run down the front are made with a mix of densely spaced beads, copper sequins and huge prong set rhinestone crystals. Its like wearing an elaborate jeweled bib and is extraordinary. The set is fantastic together or you can wear the pieces separately. Very well made. Excellent condition.
Both pieces are fully lined in a brown silky rayon with hand finishes. The dress closes at the back with a hidden set nylon and metal zipper. The vest closes at the front neck with hook & eye. I see no areas of missing beads
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54.5" from waist to hem
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Pierre Cardin, 1969, credit unknown.
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