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Featured in Vogue Pattern Book April/May 1968
Suggested fabrics are crisp fabrics such as Linen, Gabardine, Pique, and Medium Weight wool. Striped, Plaid, or obvious diagonal fabrics are unsuitable.
Condition: The pattern has been cut but is complete. Includes instructions. The envelope has a few tiny splits on the bottom edge and two tiny water stains in the bottom left corner. It is otherwise fairly crisp good condition for it's age. There is NOT a sew-in label.
**The daughter of an Italian Duke, and descendant of Russian aristocracy, Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò was born in 1922. Her first marriage to Count Visconti, made her a Countess. Underneath a cultured and glamorous exterior, she was plucky and political and was interned by Mussolini for her anti-fascist activities. Her first collection debuted in 1946, in newly liberated Rome. To design couture out of the scarce materials at the time of post-war shortages took a lot of talent and determination. Success came early with support from American Vogue and Bergdorf Goodman, Simonetta was one of the best known Italian designers in the American consciousness. With an emphasis on a woman's form and cut, her youthful, dramatic designs were embraced by the public who became enamored with the glamour of Italian movies, fashion, food, cars, design and culture. Starting in 1969 Simonetta forsook fashion for philanthropy and spirituality, she passed away in 2011.
Her second husband was rival designer Alberto Fabiani, and they combined their talents to form a Paris label, Simonetta et Fabiani in the mid 1960s. Simonetta's international clientele included Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Duchess of Windsor.**
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