#7325 $550Pucci cotton blouse & skirt set, 1960s
The Marchese Emilio Pucci was a natural stylist, who began designing by chance. A onetime member of the Italian Olympic ski team, he was spotted on the ski slopes at St. Moritz in 1947 in a self-designed outfit. When Diana Vreeland of Harper's Bazaar saw photos of Pucci's outfit, she asked him to design ski clothes; and a new fashion empire was born.
Pucci's designs stand out for their brilliant colors, supple fabrics, and dramatic prints. The most fashionable women have worn Pucci. He led the post-war emergence of the casual chic style, "jet-set" subdivision.
Made from lightweight cotton batiste, the blouse closes in front and at the cuffs with self-covered buttons. The matching skirt is of heavy cotton twill and closes in front with a separating metal zipper. Both pieces are signed Emilio throughout.
The versatile set can be worn as a dress or as separates. The blouse can be worn loose or tucked inside the skirt. The skirt can be worn with a slinky shell, while the blouse can be paired with jeans.
Pucci is best known for bold, graphic patterns with a kaleidoscopic, slightly psychedelic feel. Even in a calmer mood, using neighboring hues, his colors are electrifying. Here, his use of competing, adjacent colors is brilliant: the wide vertical stripes of purple and slate blue bordered by narrow vertical stripes of deep sky blue.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 8.
The blouse measures: 36" bust; 30" waist; 36" hem circumference; 14 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam; 24" sleeve length, including the cuff; and 24" from shoulder to hem.
The skirt measures: 26" waist, 38" hip, and 20 1/2" length.