What's in a name? Madame Carven started her eponymous Couture house because she was petite (5'1") and couldn't find anyone who specialized in small women. In 1945 she went from architecture and interiors to architecture for your elite petite exterior! Madame Carven aka Carmen de Tommaso turned 100 in 2010! She retired from designing at 84 and her label is now part of the new wave or reviving storied French Houses as contemporary priced collections that were once affectionately called "bridge." This is the success of Kenzo and Carven. Which name next will be revised and made cheap and chic? This Madame Carven dress reminds of current L'wren Scott and Roland Mouret dresses. A beautiful silk flocked floral pattern with a very unusual asymmetric neckline and flattering draping over the hip. It looks both of its era and of tomorrow. I love the combo. One need not be petite to apply!
Carven Paris flocked satin black and gold cocktail dress, c. 1960's. Modern size 4.
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