pauline trigere

Incredible 1970s Pauline Trigere Hand Painted & Sequin Detailed 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.

This dress is incredible and I love the lines of it. It is made out of fine black wool that has a hand painted design that is worked over the fabric in a variety of metallic paint. There is a gold, a blue and a red. The designs are clusters of little circles bunched in the various circles. Over each burst of color are hand placed and sewn sequins in the matching metallic color. Each sequin is then secured by a matching colored round bead. The fabric is just incredible and the overall effect this creates reminds me of perhaps fireworks. The cut of the dress is equally fabulous. The front plunges in a V and the bodice is more fitted with a curving seam just under the bust. The fabric skims over the wait and then flares out into a very full skirt that falls to about ankle length depending on your height. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt and when you move the movement of it is wonderful. The sleeves are gathered around each shoulder so they have volume and then they narrow down as they reach the wrist. It is even better on an actual body and one of the best Trigere pieces I have seen. It looks like it has been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a fine black silk and closes at the back with a metal and nylon zipper. It looks like it has been worn very little if at all. Hand finishes

Sleeves: 21.5"
Shoulders: 16"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 12" from shoulder to seam under the bust
Skirt: 41.5" from seam under the bust to hem with 2.5" turned under

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3535

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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