pauline trigere

Late 1970s Pauline Trigere Black Silk Chiffon Dress w Silver Fused Glitter Flower Design

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 an African American model. This is a stunning example of her work. 

This dress is just so pretty. I love the lines of it and the lightness of the fabric. It is made out of fine black silk chiffon that has an amazing pattern that has been created by fusing both silver and black glitter directly to the silk. This gives the dress its sparkle and glitz and allows it to catch the light from every angle. I love the curving vine and flower design that the glitter creates. The design has been laid out over the dress in a beautiful and intricate pattern. The workmanship to attach the glitter to the silk chiffon cannot be underplayed as this would have taken hours of meticulous hand work to accomplish. The designs runs all around the lower part of the dress and also curved around each sleeve. The cut of the dress is equally fabulous. The front and the back are squared off and the sleeves extend out from the top of the shoulder. Each sleeve is made from a single layer of the silk chiffon. The glitter then runs down the lengths of each and they widen out to be a full 23" around by the time they reach their ends. They are stunning. The bodice is cut to skim over you and it then widens out gradually as it falls to the hem. The body of the dress is made from a double attached layer of the silk chiffon on top and then there is another layer of silk chiffon under that. This makes the dress just opaque enough to wear but with a subtle touch of transparency. It is beautifully made. It looks like it has been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a fine black silk chiffon and closes at the back with a series of tiny snaps. It looks like it has been worn very little if at all. Hand finishes throughout. The easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes. 

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulders: no defined shoulders
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 46" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3840

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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