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1970s Pauline Trigère Red Print Strapless Dress & Cape Set
Pauline Trigère a prominent figure in putting American designers on the map. Like many of the acclaimed French couturiers, she was an expert at tailoring and had an eye for interesting volumes. However true-to-form of the American aesthetic, Trigere designs are known for their relative simplicity and elegance through ease.
This gorgeous 1970s dress and cape set is a fine example of Trigere’s work. Done in an ombre red silk of exceptional quality with couture hand-finished details throughout, this set exudes a timeless sophistication. The ombre silk ranges from stripes of magenta to deep scarlet and features a dainty pattern of small blue and cream flowers and fleur de lis. The dress begins with a strapless ruched bodice that frames the decolletage while a high neck cape embellished with rhinestones creates a sheer overlay of long angel sleeves.
Size estimate: Small
Bust: 32-34 inches
Waist and hips: Full
Length: 45 inches from top of bust
Length: 50 inches
The skirt falls in small pleats from the empire waistline to a flattering midi length at the ankles, giving the dress a nice sense of movement. A thigh-high slit at the center front of the skirt adds a welcome risque note while the cape adds a layer of drama and an airy fullness to the otherwise columnar silhouette of the dress. A beautiful addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this incredible dress and cape set is the perfect choice for a wedding, gala, or special occasion and can easily be styled with statement heels and accessories.
This numbered Pauline Trigère set is fully lined in silk and closes with a concealed zip at the back of the dress. In excellent condition save for a minor black mark on the lining at the bust that is not visible when worn, it has been professionally eco-dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.