SOLD–Vintage 1971 Rare Suit by Designer Marilyn Lewis for Cardinali; Pant Suit Pret-a-Porter Black Wool Suit, Cardinali Black Pant Suit


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Vintage 1971; This Pret-a-porter suit is designed by Marilyn Lewis for Cardinali. Presented in solid black wool with a lined in 100% Silk Chartreuse interior lining to the jacket. The jacket has a Mandarin collar, 13 central toggle suede clasps and long sleeves. The matching pants with 2″cuff are above the ankle, lined in 100% Black Silk, has a concealed zipper with metal hook closure to the backside. The tag in pants states “Fall 1971, #733, Sample Piece”, Perhaps this suit was for Marlo Thomas in the series “That Girl” (see history below). Excellent/Mint Vintage Condition.

The measurements were taken lying flat:Actual Jacket; Bust 32″, Sleeve 22.5″ length, Shoulder to Shoulder 14.5″. Shoulder to hemline (jacket) 27″.
Pant Measurements: Actual; Waist 29″, Hip 34″ Rise 11″, Inseam 23″ Waist to hemline length 32″, Nylon Zipper 7″, and Metal hook closure.

History of Cardinali: In the late 1960’s, Marilyn Friedmann Lewis launched a ready to wear line of clothing under the brand name Cardinali, which was sold at prestigious stores including Saks Fifth Ave, Bergdorf Goodman and Bullock’s Wilshire. The clothing line lasted just nine year, but was influential in its time (featured in Vogue magazine) and was a favorite of Nancy Reagan, Dyan Cannon and Marlo Thomas with whom she designed for the T.V. show “That Girl”, the series ran from 1966 to 1971. The Cardinali line was credited for influencing designers such as Marc Jacobs and various gowns worn to the Oscars. Marilyn and husband actor Harry Lewis (best remembered for his role as Edward “Toots” Bass one of Edward G. Robinson’s henchmen, in 1948’s Key Largo) were the owners of Hamburger Hamlet Restaurant in Los Angeles, which grew into a chain of 24 locations. Marilyn Lewis died on May 3, 2017 and Harry Lewis died June 9, 2013.

History information from Wikipedia and LA Times. Presented by Da-Sebra Vintage.

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