Karl Lagerfeld For Jean Patou Haute Couture 1950s Cocktail Dress

$ 1,600.00

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Pulled from Wikipedia;"His first collection was shown in a two-hour presentation in July 1958, but he used the name Roland Karl, rather than Karl Lagerfeld. The first collection was poorly received. Carrie Donovan, an American fashion journalist, wrote that "the press booed the collection" "The firm's brand new designer, 25-year old Roland Karl, showed a collection which stressed shape and had no trace of last year's sack." The reporter went on to say: "A couple of short black cocktail dresses were cut so wide open at the front that even some of the women reporters gasped. Other cocktail and evening dresses feature low, low-cut backs." Most interestingly, Karl said that his design silhouette for the season was called by the letter "K" for Karl, which was translated into a straight line in front, curved in at the waist in the back, with a low fullness to the skirt. This dress, which we picked up in Paris, fits that description to a T. This dress is most likely from Karl Lagerfeld's first Haute Couture collection ever. The dress is cut straight in the front and what is hard to see from the photos it has an underlying crinoline, which once pressed, would kick out the back exactly as Carrie Donovan described. A museum piece in mint condition if there ever was one.

Designer: JEAN PATOU.

Decade: 1950s.

Measurements:

bust: 36 in.

waist: 26 in.

hips: 36 in.

overall length: 41 in.

size: S.

US size: 4.

Vintage condition: very good.

 

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