PaulineTrigere Vintage Dress

Sharon London


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Original vintage Pauline Trigere from 1960's. Incredible period piece from this era. In great vintage condition. Sheer netted top with lines of large silver sequins (some a little worn and bent). Covered Buttons at the shoulder, base in soft stretchy fine wool. 

Bust 38"-40"

Hips 38"-40"

Length from top shoulder to hemline 42"

Pauline Trigere was born in Paris, France in 1909.  She worked by cutting and draping bolts of fabric. She was known for her crisp, tailored cuts and innovative ideas. My favorite quote of hers was ''Fashion is what people tell you to wear,'' she often said. ''Style is what comes from your own inner thing.'' She herself was an exemplar of style, and was described by her peers as ''a truly intellectual designer'' and ''a creator of timeless fashion'' in ready-to-wear clothes.  Trigère is cited for designingPatricia Neal's sophisticated wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany's,
One of the first designers to use wool for evening wear,  Pauline Trigére was more than a designer of women's clothing, she was a fabric artisan.During the 1940s Trigére become known especially for her impeccable and imaginative tailoring of women's suits and coats. She made use of all weights of wool, from sheer crêpes for eveningwear to thick tweeds for daytime coats. She was recognized early in her career as an innovator for such fashions as evening dresses made of wool or cotton, reversible coats and capes in all shapes and sizes. Another characteristic Trigére feature is the luxurious touch of fur trim at necklines, cuffs, and hems. Before the 1960s, her palette was fairly subdued and she rarely used printed fabrics; during the 1960s and 1970s she began to use more prints and softer fabrics, always retaining a tailored touch. Her use of prints is bold and deliberate, the pattern is often used to complement the structure of the piece. Notwithstanding her extensive use of wool and tailoring techniques, Trigére's clothing has always been unmistakably feminine.

While she was an acknowledged innovator of fashions, she was also known for repeating and perfecting her most successful themes. For example, her princess line dress has consistently been considered to have no equal, and her rhinestone bra top, first introduced in 1967, was revived in 1985 and again in 1992. Throughout the evolution of fashion in the six decades, Trigére worked within the mainstream while retaining her signature style. Simple elegance and timelessness are descriptions often applied to her work, but style was not her only concern. She insisted on the highest quality of materials to assure her clothing served her customers for years to come. Her collections were carefully planned so many pieces worked together, and complement past seasons' collections.
Trigére's work has been compared to that of two legendary French couturiers, Cristobal Balenciaga and Madeleine Vionnet. These designers were known for employing complex and unusual construction techniques to create simple, elegant silhouettes. Trigére herself rarely sketched her ideas; like Balenciaga and Vionnet she designed by draping and cutting the actual fabric on a dress form or live model. The fabric itself is an important part of Trigére's design process; it is her inspiration and her guide as it reveals what it is capable of doing. Trigére's continued involvement with the creative process and her insistence on quality made her unique on New York's Seventh Avenue. 

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