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Pauline Trigère Cotton Silk Voile Black Vivid Print Sleeveless Dress, 1970s

Pauline Trigère was 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, Trigère designs are known for their relative simplicity and elegance through ease.

Done in a black cotton silk voile featuring a vivid print, this dress is elegant and eye-catching. The bodice is constructed from strips of the cotton silk voile that are pieced and stitched together with pink thread, giving it a unique texture that creates a pleasing rhythm throughout. The colorful floral print is done in shades of bright purple, blue, pink, and orange, which is punctuated by cut out shapes that reveal the black ground beneath, making incredible use of negative space.

The beautifully draped, midi-length skirt falls in pleats from the fitted waistline in three layers, the hem floating just above the ankles. The sheer first layer gives the dress an ethereal feel, while the under layers of black silk and nude chiffon bring depth to the print as well as a fullness to the otherwise columnar silhouette of the dress. The pattern on the bodice repeats itself several times along the length of the skirt in various formations, and is interspersed with sections of plain black silk, which offers a stunning contrast to the medley of color.

Size estimate: SML/MED

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 28 inches

Hips: full

Bodice length: 15.25 inches

Skirt length: 40 inches

Total length: 56 inches

The simple silhouette of this dress is youthful and elegant, from the two thin straps that frame the wide V shaped neckline of the bodice, to the fuller skirt, which moves and flows beautifully with the body in motion. The back of the bodice is open and low-cut, adding a somewhat risqué element to this easy, airy dress. A stunning addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress is the perfect choice for a summer wedding or special occasion.

This Pauline Trigère dress is lined in a layer of chiffon and a layer of silk at the skirt and closes with a metal zip at the back. In excellent condition, this vintage dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage 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.

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