1960s Paganne Blue and Orange Geometric Graphic Knit Dress

Gene Berk

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Bold, almost color blocked midi dress by Paganne. The long sleeved dress, with jewel neckline, falls below the knee, with a loose, knit, sheath silhouette that skims the body. The print is primarily grey and blue, with accents of black and pops of bright red. The print is almost machine like, with a great amount of geometric symmetry. The various graphic squares and patches appear to be sewn together, with oversized threads and eyelets. Curious and captivating!

The Paganne label was created by Gene Berk in the 1960s. Berk studied to become a lawyer but found himself working in the fashion industry, merchandising for menswear, and at one point creating sportswear for Oleg Cassini. In the late 1960s Berk struck out on his own, and sent hand sketched designs to Italy so that they could be screen printed onto fabric. He was the American answer to the various French and Italian designers (Pucci, Lanvin, Leonard, and Bessi)who prized bold, graphic prints.

Berk would begin his creative process by designing the print first, and then deciding how it would be formed into a garment; often times the fabric would be used for various pieces. His prints were varied - botanical, geometric, modernist, figural - but all had the same 1960s/1970s bold flair, printed onto silk jersey, cotton knits, velvets, and Qiana nylon synthetics.

  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Print Abstract Symmetrical Zip Knit
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    34 Inches
    32 Inches
    36 Inches
    40 Inches
  • Size Chart

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