1960s House of Cardinali Black Backless Gown with Bolero

Marilyn Lewis / Cardinali


Marilyn Lewis knew how to design for the body. Worthy of both museum display and red carpet wear, this black ensemble exemplifies her aesthetic with its perfect silhouette and use of luxe fabric. Lewis, whose company, Cardinali, was coveted by Hollywood Stars and socialites, was known for using only the finest of fabrics imported from abroad. With a sweetheart neckline and center front seem, the gown's dart placement and padded brassiere both contours and highlights the bust -- just enough -- but not too much. The low back to this dress is divine, yet it one can effortlessly cover the back with the beautiful bolero like jacket. A pleated and ruffled trim details both pieces. Back zipper and hook-n-eye closure. Entire ensemble fully lined. Model length. Excellent condition. Cardinali was only in existence for about decade, as Lewis began to produce films as well as help her husband with his business. Cardinali pieces are extremely rare and highly collectible. Add this piece to your wardrobe, collection, or exhibit.

Fits modern size 6/8. Dress - Bust: 39, Waist: 33, Hip: 42 1/2, Shoulder Hem Length: 58 inches

Bolero - Bust: 38 1/2, Waist: 37, Shoulder Hem Length: 21 1/2 inches

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  • Country of Origin
  • Item #
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Silk, Wool, Ruffle, Hook and eye, Zip
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    39 in. (99 cm)
    33 in. (84 cm)
    42.5 in. (108 cm)
    Total Length
    58 in. (147 cm)
  • Size Chart

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