Woman's dress

French
about 1969


Dimensions

Center back: 85.1 cm (33 1/2 in.) Center front: 81.3 cm (32 in.) Other (empire waist): 80.6 cm (31 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.41

Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave (crepe)

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Black wool crepe sleeveless mini dress with doubled self bands looped all around from empire bodice yoke to skirt hem. Labeled: “Pierre Cardin/Paris/New York.”


The 1960s were arguably the most prolific and inventive period of Pierre Cardin’s career. He took inspiration from the Op Art movement and space travel and blurred the lines between couture and ready-to-wear. In 1969 and 1970, he designed a series of garments and accessories around the idea of parallel strips of fabric. Here, heavy black wool strips are twisted and looped to form textured, sculptural fringes. As the wearer moves and twirls, the motion of the loops recalls that of the fabric strips used in car washes.

Provenance

Purchased by MFA from Doyle New York January 24, 2007.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.