Woman's skirt with chest strap
Designed by Pierre Cardin (French, born in 1922)
Object Place: Paris, France
Center back: 78.74 cm (31 in.) Other (skirt): 33.02 cm (13 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wool twill weave; silk twill weave; vinyl; metal; plastic
Not On View
Black and white jumper with white miniskirt that has seams along the waistband and hem, with a center front seam that attaches to a black vinyl strap that runs up the center front and a circle at the center of the chest and continues over each shoulder. The two straps then run down each side of the back, like suspenders that have been put on backwards, and are each attached to the skirts with a white plastic and gold (non-functioning) button.
Interior has 17.5” hanging straps on each side. Because these hang lower than the shirt and there are small loops to pass them through when the garment is worn. The skirt is lined in silk with a 5.25” zipper along the center back. Labels: center front waistband, white tag with black letters, reads “FRONT” and on the back left same color label reads “Pierre Cardin/Paris New York.”
There are also two original tags attached to the Cardin label. Orange tag that is perforated down the center and has a ground pattern that says “Swanson’s on the plaza” with the following information on each side of the perforation “99 985 BLK WHT/020 400” Originally priced at $100 this has been crossed out and reduced to $75 and later $50. A large white tag has the name “Pierre Cardin/Paris New York” on the front and “RN41858/100% wool/style 400/size 8” on the reverse.
By 2008, with Resurrection Vintage, New York, NY; purchased by the MFA, September 17, 2008
Textile Curator's Fund
Reproduced with permission.