Vintage mid-1960s ivory and heathered black dress suit from Pauline Trigere pairs a cropped, boxy jacket and slim, button-back sheath. Its unusual fabric--an exquisitely soft, twill-woven slub silk—makes this timeless classic ideal for warmer weather.
The sleeveless, scoopnecked dress features horizontal stripes starting below the solid yoke, and is shaped front and back by vertical waist darts. In front, the waist darts extend into a shoulder-to-hem box pleat which provides ease to the lean silhouette without compromising its lines.
Finished beautifully, with touches like hand-overcast seams and bound buttonholes, the dress closes in back with eleven ¾” shell buttons that have silver metal “dots” in their centers. (Snaps placed midway between buttons 4, 5, 6, and 7 keep the midriff section of the dress placket lying smooth and gap-free).
The jacket has notched lapels; turn-back cuffs, ¾ length sleeves; and an open front, save for the tab-like fabric strip which threads through hidden vertical slots to either side (it is attached to the right slot).
The dress yoke is lined in sheer white silk; remainder of the dress is unlined. The jacket has silk-lined sleeves while the body is faced in solid ivory slub silk twill.
Jacket is labelled “Pauline Trigere”; dress has no labels of any kind.
Measurements are as follows: Dress bust 35”, waist 27”, hips 33”, length shoulder to hem 39”. Jacket bust to 36”, shoulders 16.5”, sleeves 21”, length center back to hem 15.5”.
Good/very good condition. Suit has been professionally dry cleaned, but faint discoloration remains on the collar fold of the jacket and along the very top edge of the dress neckline in front (photos #6 and #7). In addition, the topmost and bottom buttons are period replacements, an exact match in style and diameter, but a touch thicker.
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