Iconic coat from Bonnie Cashin for Sills is made of olive green wool bouclé with pink, fuchsia, purple, and black yarn woven in an extra large check pattern. Suede trim and front waistband. Three turn metal closures at center front. Unlined. Hip pockets at side seams.
No size label.
Bust: 36" Waist: Open Hips: Open Across Shoulders: Approximately 17" Sleeve Length: Approximately 20" Center Back Length: 36"
Vintage brooch from Butler & Wilson dates to the 1990's and is made of gunmetal gray-toned metal. It features prong-set black and clear rhinestones with faux pearl accents. Double pin closures on backside. Measures 6 3/4" in length and 7/8" at widest point.
Vintage dress from CD Greene retailed at Fred Hayman and dates to the 1990's. It is made of rayon matte jersey that has polka dots of varying sizes made of mirrors that are glued on. Deep scoop front and back neck. No closures. Lined.
Vintage 1970's ensemble from Calvin Klein retailed at Neiman Marcus and is made of cream windowpane silk. Blouse has center front button closures, a tie at the neckline, underarm gussets, and long sleeves with buttoned cuffs. Skirt is gathered all along waistband, has side seam pockets, and a button and hook and eye closure. Labeled vintage size 8. Please refer to measurements.
Condition: Very good with extremely faint discoloration at underarm.
Bust: 38" Waist: 37" Across Shoulders: 15" Sleeve Length: 23" Center Back Length: 23 1/2"
Waist: 27 1/2" Hips: Open Length: 26" (Hem allowance of 4 1/4")
Fabulous four-piece ensemble from Cardinali consists of a bra top, jacket, trousers, and belt. It is made of black wool crepe with silk lining. The jacket has a car wash hem and four covered button closures at the neckline. Straight-leg trousers sit high on the waist.
Labeled vintage size 10, which is equivalent to a 4 today.
Across Shoulder: 15"
Sleeve Length: 22 1/2"
Center Back Length: 25 1/2"
Front Rise: 12 1/2"
Back Rise: 13"
Width: 1 1/2"
About Cardinali- In 1966, Marilyn [Lewis] was bored at home with two children and a husband who was running a restaurant empire. She reignited her dream of becoming a fashion designer. With no formal training and no sewing skills, she took a leap of faith and started her company Cardinali. Harry [Lewis] bought her a factory and Marilyn designed a line of 35 pieces, including suits, dresses and gowns. Saks Fifth Avenue was her first customer and her clothes retailed for $300 - $2400 in that first year (about $2000 - $16,000 in today's dollar.) Lewis only used the finest fabrics, most imported from Italy. Cardinali clothes were worn by top celebrities and socialites including Nancy Reagan, Betsy Bloomingdale, Edie Gorme, Dionne Warwick and Dyan Cannon, but what really put the company on the map was a phone call from Marlo Thomas. She wondered whether Lewis would design her wardrobe for Marlo's TV show "That Girl". Marilyn Lewis closed Cardinali after only 9 years in 1977. Although she loved the business, she became tired of the extensive travel required and found it was affecting her marriage. Cardinali garments today are rare and highly coveted by collectors and lovers of vintage couture. Courtsey of Couture Allure. (http://coutureallure.blogspot.com/2011/06/marilyn-lewis-designer-of-cardinali.html)
1980's Carolina Herrera sample gown. Bodice is made of black velvet with scoop neck and long sleeves with zippered cuffs. Full skirt is made up of black organza "petals". Center back zipper. Fully lined.
Vintage dress from Ceil Chapman dates to the 1950's through the early 1960's. It is made of black crepe with allover sequined embellishment that is denser in the bodice than in the skirt. Fitted throughout. Squared neckline with narrow straps. Side metal zipper. Unlined.
No size label.
Condition: Excellent with a very small amount of loose/missing sequins.
Stunning cocktail dress from Ceil Chapman dates to the 1950's. It is fully covered with black sequins and has a scoop front and back neck. Twist detail at front side waist. Fully lined. Center back zipper.
Condition: Excellent with a very small amount of missing/loose sequins.
Vintage 1980's blouse from French Designer Celine is made out of wine red silk with one of the most interesting prints that I have ever seen. The print is musical-themed and features pianos, saxophones, guitars, trumpets, musical notes, staffs, among other things. Turn down butterfly collar. Button front. Long sleeves with French cuffs and matching gold-toned cufflinks. Unlined.
Two-piece ensemble from Celine dates to the 1970's and is made of navy leather. Vest has a v-neck, gold-toned hardware, and center front snap closures. Straight skirt has zippered closure. Both pieces are lined.
Vintage belt from Chanel likely dates to the 1980's and is made of gold-toned metal with an antiqued finish. Three strands of dense chain. Deep red gripoix details. Chain is finished with a gold bullion tassel.
Vintage blouse from Chanel dates to the 1980's. It is made of cream silk jacquard with Chanel's iconic interlocking C's pattern throughout. Center front button closure. Attached neck tie. Unlined except for in yoke.