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)
Black cotton long dress is likely from Palestine. Brightly colored hand-embroidery in blue, green, yellow, and various shades and tones of red covers the chest, hem, and sleeves. Angled sleeve is trimmed with red cotton and hangs down the side of the dress almost to the hem. Keyhole neckline with tie. A-line silhouette. Blue velvet trim at hem.
Condition: Very good- some small repairs throughout
Antique tea dress dates to the Edwardian Era from the beginning of the 20th Century through the Teens. It is made of white cotton with hand-embroidery and openwork throughout the bodice, at waistband, cuffs, and hem. Fitted bodice has pintucked detailing, ruffle collar, and 3/4-length sleeves. Center back button closure. Unlined.
Condition: Very good with a missing button and a faint stain on the front skirt. This dress could likely benefit from a soaking in Biz or Oxyclean
Vintage dress dates to the Edwardian Era from the beginning of the 20th Century through the Teens. It is made of white linen with panels of crocheted lace. Round neck with lace trim. Short sleeves. Center back button closure. Unlined.
Condition: Very good to excellent with light rust stains where the hooks and eyes are. This is concealed when garment is on the body. Additionally there are a few breaks in the lace at the side neckline.
Vintage oversized piano shawl dates to the 1920's during the Art Deco era. Black silk ground is densely hand-embroidered with images of butterflies and flowers of various sizes. Fringed trim has wide band of macrame at the point where it meets the shawl.
Condition: Excellent. Fading in embroidery in upper corner.