Designer Pierre Cardin French, born Italy

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Short, black cocktail and evening ensembles were staples of Mrs. Kempner's wardrobe. An exception is a cocktail dress by Pierre Cardin, one of the few examples of Mrs. Kempner's couture wardrobe from the 1960s to survive the flood in her storeroom. With its skirt of organza roundels, the dress, though clearly of its time, also manifests in nascent form Cardin's evolving interest in geometry. As an example of couture, it attests to Mrs. Kempner's design acuity.

Dress, Pierre Cardin (French (born Italy), San Biagio di Callalta 1922–2020 Neuilly), silk, French

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