Early 1960s Carven Couture Pale Green Silk Organdy Embroidered Cut Out Dress
Marie-Louise Carven, who founded her label in 1945, was one of the few female couturiers in the post-Chanel/Schiaparelli days of the Parisian designers. Her work was exquisite and she was a brilliant marketer, launching perfumes and a ready-to-wear line in 1950, something that couturiers still were not doing to a great degree at that time. She was known as being one of the great couturiers of the 'Golden Age' of Haute Couture and her designs became know for being so perfectly French and representing the spirit of Paris. She specialized in making dresses for a more petite sized woman. She was only 5'1" tall and found that there were often no options for herself so she decided to fill that gap saying that the other couturiers had no time for smaller stature women. Green was an integral colour for the house. Her atelier was green and white and her perfumes came wrapped in green and white striped paper. This dress is a stunning and very rare example of her work during this time period and encapsulates all that she meant to achieve with her work.
The dress is made to the typical fashion of her work in this time period. She loved to add collars and trims and often used organdy and linen that were cut out and embroidered. This dress has all of those and it is tremendously beautiful. The workmanship on this dress is amazing. The body of the dress is made from a pale green organdy that has been embroidered around the edges and on each individual piece of the pattern as well. It has open cut outs between the green parts so that you can see the pale ivory silk organza lining underneath. The effect of this layering is wonderful. It gives the pattern even more depth and texture then it would have with just the embroidery work. It is also slightly transparent which adds to its feeling of airiness and lightness. The bodice is cut to skim over you and the waist is seamed and set slightly high. I have added a ribbon to some of the photos and you can wear it with or without a belt for more shape. The skirt widens out as is nears the floor and is cut slightly longer in the back for a pretty sweep of skirts behind you. The neckline is finished with an elaborate silk organza ruffle. The ruffle is made of four layers and each layer is edged with a silk ribbon finish. It can be worn on or off the shoulder. I prefer it off the shoulder so that you get that bare expanse of skin. The hem is finished with the same ruffle technique and this cleverly weights the skirt so that is fall perfectly and also gives it this beautiful little kick with you move. It is an extraordinary and rare piece of Haute Couture and it is fabulous. This is an amazing piece of fashion history and it is a simply beautiful dress. Present as excellent condition with some small things to note below
Fully lined in the ivory silk organza and zips to close at the back. It is in overall great condition and at first glance looks perfect. There are some tiny flaws that I think are inevitable with this type of fabric. There are some well dome repairs here and there to the inner lining that do not show from the exterior. Some tiny areas of darkening here an there to the ruffles. There are some small stress tears around the armholes. I photoed these. Here and there the connecting bridge to another pattern piece has come apart and there is maybe a couple of tiny tears on the fabric here and there. Please see the photos after the label shot. It is completely wearable as it is now. The ribbon tie belt is not original to the dress but will be sent with it. It is slim through the hips
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to front hem, 43" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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