1960s Federico Forquet for Elizabeth Arden silk suit, medium size, dress and jacket in japanese clouds silkscreened print
Note: this dress has the elizabeth arden tags, but the forquet signature is only printed onto the silk twill fabric, there are no forquet tags. The fabric is silkscreened in black and ivory on ivory--forquet had his fabrics manufactured in como, and this suit, too, has a tag that declares the fabric to have been made in italy. The design is an abstraction of the cloud designs found on kimono fabrics. It's high-impact and graphic, and in keeping with forquet's mid-1960s suits and tunic dresses. The suit includes high-end couturier details--hand-picked zipper, full silk lining, welted buttonholes, etc. Forquet designed luxury womenswear in his rome atelier from 1961 to 1972, following a stint with balenciaga. Shoulder width, seam to seam: 17. Flaws: these are very minor, and all of them are shown for full disclosure. Tiny spot near hem in front.
Faint spots near hem in back. Printing flaw in the black part--original to garment. Extremely faint underarm tinge to the edge of the armhole.
The starkness and graphicness of the print means these totally do not show--they're very faint, too. This item is made of silk twill silkscreened fabric and black and ivory, metal zipper, ivory silk lining, self covered buttons.