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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This is dress is Classic Halston. He created clothing that is both incredibly comfortable and sensual at the same time and without ever being too revealing. Not an easy feat at all ... but he made it look so easy.
The lightweight jersey length and its long sleeves make it perfect for day to nightwear or wear any season of the year. It can be dressed up, down, but just dress in it! Perfect for a night of channeling an era of wild fun!
Roy Halston Frowick was born on 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. He initially took inspiration to sew from his grandmother. He would create hats for his mother and alter clothing for his sisters. His foundation in fashion progressed in his teen years as he attended Indiana University for a short spell and then The Art Institute of Chicago while earning funds through creating windows displays. Hat making would be his first love and in 1957 opened his first shop. While he had a small but important following, it wasn’t until Jacqueline Kennedy wore her famous (Halston) Pillbox hat in ‘61 that he became an instant success. He rode the wave of fame and fortune for a while but once hats started to go out of fashion, so did Halston’s sales. Halston’s low point would prove to be a test for what was next in his life. After much experimentation, a failed collection, and the help of his well curated team, he developed the minimalist yet irresistible look we all know and love! He was a true creator of culture during his time. Halston’s work was revered within the studio 54 crowd, worn by all the “It Girls” and on the cover of popular magazines.