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Cardinali Fashion Original Illustration by Robert W. Richards, 1970s

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Cardinali Fashion 1970's Original Fashion Illustration by Robert W. Richards. Featuring one guache original illustrations of Cardinale fashion. 14" x 8" From the Archive of Marilyn Lewis, the creator of Cardinali Cardinali was founded in Los Angeles in 1970, by Marilyn Lewis, who had already found success as the founder and owner of the hot 60's LA chain "Hamburger Hamlet". Using the finest fabric and craftsmanship, Marilyn created Cardinali from her home, and found instant success. Bergorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, I. Magnin all clamored for Cardineali’s mix of 70's grooviness with couture quality materials and workmanship. The prices for the collection were as high as Galanos, from $2000, to $10,000 in todays dollars. Fans included Betsy Bloomingdale, Nancy Reagan, Dyan Cannon and Marlo Thomas Cardinali was catapulted into the spotlight when Marlo Thomas asked Marilyn Lewis if she would design the wardrobe for her TV Show "That Girl", which became a raging hit.. Cardinali’s sophistication was boomed into everyone's home, and Cardinali style became all the rage. After seven years of success, Marilyn decided that running a fashion company was spoiling her marraige, and closed the company . Cardinali fashions are extremely rare and do not come on the market often. Please see all 40 dresses in this collection, a rare opportunity to aquire a piece of fashion history.


  • Designer
    Robert W. Richards
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Length: 41 in. (104.14 cm)Marked Size: 6 (US)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Hip: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU587792932

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    Ships From: San Francisco, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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