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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1960s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand and machine stitched and appliqué

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress was made for a young girl of around four years old and was designed by Pierre Cardin specifically to be sold for the American luxury department store, Neiman Marcus in the 1960s. The use of a strong geometric cut and simple colour palette of cream with a red stylised heart-shaped motif and border make this a recognisable Cardin-designed dress.

Physical description

Dress for a child around four years old. The dress is made of a thick cream material. Its shape is sleeveless and a-line shape with a pointed hem that dips down at the centre front and back of the dress. The dress has hand stitched appliqué detail around the bottom of the dress comprising a 5cm border of red fabric that marks the bottom pointed hem all around and forms in to a heart-shaped motif in the centre of the bottom portion of the dress in the same fabric piece as the border. The dress is constructed with one front panel and two back panels with a zip fastening from the back of the neck down to about waist height. It is fully lined in a hand stitched cream-coloured polyester.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1960s (made)


Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand and machine stitched and appliqué

Marks and inscriptions

'Pierre Cardin'
Sewn in label at back of neck

'Made in France expressly for Neiman-Marcus'
Sewn in label at back of neck


Width: 24 cm shoulder to shoulder, Length: 58 cm curve of neckline to bottom of centrally pointed hem, Width: 31.5 cm chest

Object history note

Designed and made exclusively for Neiman Marcus.

Descriptive line

Dress, girl's, cream with heart-shaped motif by Pierre Cardin for Neiman Marcus, made in France, 1960s.

Production Note

Designed and made exclusively for Neiman Marcus

Attribution note: Made exclusively for Neiman Marcus


Wool; Polyester


Hand stitched; Machine stitched; Appliqué

Subjects depicted



Children's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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