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Calling all That Girl fans! Here's an extremely rare original Cardinali dress in impeccable condition, just in time for Fall. In stunning soft burnt orange plaid backed in thin muslin; fully lined in black silk. Sweet military-inspired asymmetrical placket at collarbone wraps over and closes with metal snaps and adorable ball buttons. Long sleeves with 4" cuffs buttons with 3 more round buttons. Darted bust. Empire 3" wide belt waistband wrap closes with metal snaps and is decorated with 4 more ball buttons. Skirt has deep faux wrap to side, and falls in sweet inverted pleat. Back feautures yoke across shoulders, back belt, and inverted wrap pleat to left side, mirroring the front. Beautifully couture made, with hand finished hem and satin Cardinali tag. In impeccable, possibly unworn condition, with no holes, stains discolourations or funny smells.
Marilyn Lewis had always dreamed of being a costume designer for films. She and her husband Harry Lewis started the Hamburger Hamlet chain of restaurants in the 1960s. In 1966, with the restaurant chain a roaring success, she went back to her first love, fashion design, and started Cardinali. She used the highest quality fabrics, mostly Italian imports, and had an impeccable eye for fine tailoring, creating a mod silhouette with a chic twist. Saks Fifth Avenue was the first to stock her line, followed quickly by Bergdorf Goodman. Her clothes were worn by all the hip celebrities of the day, including Dyan Cannon, Edie Gorme, and Dionne Warwick, as well as socialities such as Betsy Bloomingdale. But what really sealed her fame as a designer was designing Marlo Thomas's costumes for her role in "That Girl". Bonhams New York held a retrospective in 2009, to the delight of designers and collectors alike. These couture pieces are hard to find, and exceptionally made!
Shoulder to shoulder: 14-1/2"
Garment length: 39-1/2"
Measurements are for garment size, not your body size. Measure a similar garment which fits you well, and compare!
Modeled here by my size medium mannequin. Her measurements are: 36"x 26" x 37". This dress is a little big for her, and would fit someone slightly larger better.
Dress has NOT been pinned to mannequin.
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ON SALE Vintage 1960s Dress - Couture Cardinali by Marilyn Lewis - That Girl Original - For Size Large Marlo Mavens
- Vintage item from the 1960s
- Materials: soft italian wool, thin muslin, silk, bobble buttons, original buttons, cardinali satin tag, that girl inspiration, metal snaps, 1960s girl dreams, marlo thomas vibe
- Feedback: 244 reviews
- Ships worldwide from California, United States