Vintage 1960s Pierre Cardin Couture Car Wash Hem Wool Sheath
Vintage Black wool tailored sheath dress dating to the 1960s, with broad fringe “car wash” hem. Back zipper, sleeveless lined in black silk. Chevron seaming through chest with small stand up collar, chevron seaming repeated at the snug fit through hips. In excellent overall uncleaned condition, no rips or tears.
Pierre Cardin was born on July 7, 1922, near Venice, Italy, to French parents. He moved to Paris in 1945. There he studied architecture and worked with Paquin after the war. Work with Schiaparelli followed until he became head of Christian Dior's tailleure atelier in 1947, but was denied work at Balenciaga. He founded his own house in 1950 and began with haute couture in 1953. He was known for his avant-garde style, to be a space age designer. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.
Chest measures 34″, waist 28″, hips 34″, length 48″.