Birthday Bo(y)han

Happy 88th Birthday to the legendary Marc Bohan. Over 60 years in the industry, including a 30 year stint at the House of Dior, Bohan helped to shape fashion history with his remarkable designs. A favorite of Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly + Jacqueline Kennedy, his designs continue to awe and inspire years after. Hats off and a happiest of birthdays to you, Mr. Bohan!

Marc Bohan + Grace Kelly unveiling a new Baby Dior boutique in NYC, 1967

Quintessential early Bohan coat, 1963

Possibly the best jumpsuits ever. Harper's Bazaar, 1966

Metallic print dress, 1968

Incredible fur trimmed coat ensemble, c. 1970s. Image courtesy of Couture Allure


Workin at the Carwash

Pierre Cardin has always been known for experimental + avant garde designs. His 1967 Cosmocorps collection firmly cemented that reputation and along with Andre Courreges + a handful of other designers, space age design shot to the forefront of cutting edge, contemporary fashion.

Cardin continued experimenting with space inspired designs, new and exciting fabrics and incredible construction for the next several years. His A/W 1969 Moon collection was no exception.

Images from L'Officel, 1969

One of the most enduringly iconic pieces from that collection is the "carwash" dress. Beautifully constructed, the birdcage like strips drape gracefully when the body's still but flare out while spinning or in motion, creating an incredible, undulating form.

Newspaper and press photos from August 1969 (click for larger versions)

Press photo from July 1969 - Image by Christian Simonpietri/Sygma/Corbis

Still from 1969 Pierre Cardin promotional video

Dresses in the permanent collections of the FIT Museum (left) + the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (right)

Now here, thanks to Bustown of course, is your chance to own one of Cardin's most iconic works (in the rarer color to boot)!

Iconic vintage 1969 Pierre Cardin "carwash" dress. A definite must-have for any vintage collector. High empire waist with with heavy-weight fringed tendrils secured at the hem. Of course the clincher though is the amazing "birdcage-like" movement! Wool crepe. For sizing, pricing + a full condition report, please visit the webstore.

Available at http://www.bustownmodern.com