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
Vintage cape dates to the 1920's and is made of soft black lace with gold lamé woven throughout. Fringe has knotted detailing and is longer in front than in the back. Fabric rosettes around collar. Unlined. No closures. One size.
Vintage coat dates to the 1920's and is made of ivory silk dupioni for export from China. It features dense hand embroidery in what is likely black silk thread that depicts rural life complete with animals and human figures. Double looped button closure at center front. Fully lined with ivory silk.
Condition: Excellent with minor light staining throughout that does not detract from a piece of this age. Please email for additional photos.
Late teens through 1920's cocktail dress. Fine black lace is adorned with sequins and glass seed beads. Scoop neck. Short sleeves. Drop waist. Tea-length skirt has scalloped hem. Silk lining with netting throughout bodice. Lining has hook and eye closure down center front, at waist, and hip. Lace has hook and eye closures at side seam.
CONDITION: Good with aÃƒ"šÃ‚ few breaks in the lace and a minor amount of missing sequins. Marabou feather trim has new netting and is likely not original to the dress.Ãƒ"šÃ‚