1962 PAULINE TRIGÈRE Numbered Couture Dress + Swing Coat Ensemble
Vintage 1962 PAULINE TRIGÈRE Couture Ensemble
American Couture dress and matching swing coat, both cut from fine, fairly heavyweight, gray silk moiré. Sleeveless dress has a pleated skirt with stiffener lining to give it body. Dress peplum has internal weights to keep it in place. Coat has elbow length, wide sleeves and a large collar that can be worn up or down and is lined in smooth, Raspberry-colored velvet. Dress is labeled with both a Pauline Trigère label, as well as a Bergdorf Goodman numbered label with the customer's name, indicating this was a custom piece. Coat has both a large Pauline Trigère label and a Bergdorf Goodman label.
Mel's Notes: This is a fantastic example of Trigère's prowess as an American couturier. The textile alone is stunning, but the ensemble's modernity allows for a number of styling options, together or apart.
Dress is in Excellent Condition, although it appears to maybe be unfinished at the back. Was it never worn? Not sure. It technically closes with hook and eyes at the back of the neck, lower-mid back and waist, with folds of fabric providing full coverage. However, it appears someone at some point began to put in a zipper, (starting just above the waist), and never finished the job as there are no sewing needle marks below where it was attached. It could either be removed entirely or fully installed to your specifications.
Coat is exquisite, but has a few flaws. It is very structurally sound and wearable, but there is some wear to the edges of the silk - not splitting in most cases, but some kind of buffing to the topmost fibers of the silk (see photos). The vast majority of this is at the back of the collar, sleeve edges and hem. There is also a 2" tear to the silk on the back, lower right panel, but it is not a split. In that area, there are a few other wear marks and light scuffs. The velvet lining is in remarkably good condition with only a few small scuffs here and there. None of these issues detract from the coat's overall wearability or its sculptural drama.
Dress fits size XS
Coat fits XS - S - M
Coat: 39" closed chest or bust / open waist / open hip / 15" shoulder / 21" sleeve length from nape of neck / 40" overall length
Dress: 34" chest of bust / 26" waist / open hip / 15" shoulder / 16" shoulder to waist / 23" waist to hem / 40" overall length