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Beautiful late 1970s to early 1980s silk vintage Pauline Trigere secretary day dress with billowing poet sleeves, and precisely executed chevron print, in navy and white.

This is a rare find - a high end vintage designer piece in a larger size.

The cut is a secretary dress, with its banded collar and ties at the neckline, with slit underneath. I *love* how she cut the fabric for the collar, ties, and cuffs as horizontally striped trim. But, she was clever like that. The large chevrons are absolutely *perfectly* matched at the seams, front and back, with the fabric cut on the bias. The silk lining was set in by hand. Typical of Trigere's exacting quality, and why she was the crème de la crème of American designers throughout her long and illustrious career.

The shape of the dress is essentially an A-line, that flares a little fuller than that at the hem. It has hidden inseam pockets on either side, and looking very closely I can see it once had thread belt loops on the sides. Knowing her work, my guess is it once had a matching wide horizontally striped sash. It will look great with any 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch belt - black or white, or I suppose red if you want to go patriotic, or even brown. The belt I've shown it with is really a bit too much; it needs a plain belt. It has light padding at the shoulders for a beautiful shoulderline. The dress fastens down the back of the neck with small covered buttons and loops. Same at the cuffs of the beautifully full and graceful full poet sleeves.

Label: Pauline Trigere
Era: Late 1970s/early 1980s
Color/s: Navy blue and white
Fabric: Lightweight silk
Fastenings: Small covered buttons on back of neck and at wrists
Size marked: A vintage U.S. size 12, which appears to be accurate in this case

The Measurements: 40-42 inches bust, 42 waist, 48 hips, 16 shoulder to shoulder, 29 sleeves (remember, they're long and full so they blouse gracefully at your wrists), 42.5 mid shoulder to hem.

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The Condition: Excellent, with the exception of one flaw so small I nearly missed it. There's a *tiny* pinhole on the right front shoulder on the white part of the print. Since the dress is lined in white silk, it doesn't show when worn. Please see the last photo. Otherwise the dress is immaculate, has been dry cleaned, and is in near mint condition.

The Shipping: Delivered by a chic gaggle of chevrons, I mean Priority mail, within the U.S.; International First Class to Canada, and International First Class to Everywhere Else.

Yoohoo, International buyers! Your country may charge you customs fees on your purchase, which you're responsible for paying. Just so you know ahead of time and aren't unpleasantly surprised :)

Vintage PAULINE TRIGERE Silk Chevron Poet Sleeve Secretary Dress L


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Material: silk
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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