1960s Paganne Red and Black Racehorse Equestrian Print Maxi Dress

Gene Berk


Paganne does it again with this playful black and red racehorse print knit dress! The dress is maxi length, with an A - line skirt, long sleeves, a jewel neckline, and a fitted bodice. The bodice is primarily red, with black shoulders and arms, and a fun jockey's cap border on the cuffs and at the bust line. The skirt depicts various racehorses and their jockeys trotting and galloping through a scene. Waist is accented by a long black belt with fringe. Slit on left leg adds a bit of drama.

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
    Zip Allover Asymmetrical Knit
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    32 Inches
    26 Inches
    36 Inches
    Total Length
    52 Inches
  • Size Chart

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