“Fashion is what people tell you to wear,” said Pauline Trigère. “Style is what comes from your own inner thing.” That’s one of my favorite quotes and comes from a woman who definitely had her own style!
The French born Pauline Trigère moved to New York City at 25 years old and opened her own fashion house only five years later in 1942. Abandoned by her husband, she was a single mom raising two small children when she started her design business. Perfect tailoring and precise construction – combined with fantastically innovative ideas – made her one of the industry’s greatest talents. She brought French couture sewing techniques to American ready to wear fashions.
Instead of sketching out her ideas, Trigère would start right at the dress form – freehand cut and drape the fabric until she had her desired look. Her famous clients included Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, Grace Kelley and Lena Horne. She also designed Patricia Neal’s sophisticated looks in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which earned praise, despite her co-star’s immensely popular looks.
Love this plaid check dress from the 1950s, worn with a stunning hat!
She is also credited with introducing her popular shift coat, jumpsuits, wool and cotton evening wear, the first rhinestone bra top and detachable collars , which is actually one of this year’s big trends!
Trigère received her first COTY award in 1949 and went on to win two more in 1951 and 1959. Her vivacious and out-spoken personality also earned her a special place in the fashion history. In 1961, she was the first US designer to hire a black model to represent her line on Seventh Avenue .
This vintage Pauline Trigère dress on Sarah Jessica Parker is so feminine and flirty! Truly great designs span the decades – looked great then, looks great now!
We have a couple of lovely vintage Pauline Trigere dresses in the Blue Velvet Vintage shop right now. The one on the right is a 1960s silk floral sheath dress left is a 60s chic black and metallic gold cocktail dress.
Both beauties personify Ms. Trigere’s command of understated classic elegance and sophisticated,streamlined silhouettes.
Hats off to this fierce and fabulous designer!
Have a glamorous day