We had never heard of Ernst/Reiko, but thanks to the glories of Google, we tracked down Ms. Reiko and she told us about her company that was founded with her husband in the late 1960s. Clearly inspired by Thea Porter and other Hippie Couture designers of the era, Ms. Reiko had a thriving New York City custom clientele and also wholesaled at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller. When her husband passed away in the 1980s, the company was shuttered and most of the deadstock inventory was donated to the charity Housing Works. Fast forward to 2008, and we present to you our first example of Ernst/Reiko in the form of an olive chiffon and velvet devore empire waist dress with Merlot-colored silk inverted seam and the most dreamy tassle-trimmed sleeves. Maybe, what the world needs right now is some great Hippie Couture? This is a dress that reminds us of Peace-loving optimism.
Ernst/Reiko olive chiffon and velvet devore baby doll dress, c. late 1960s. Modern size 4 SOLD
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