So, what do you know about Gigliola Curiel? I knew very little until I googled this recent find:
Turns out, she was a total rockstar. Curiel designed exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman, New York from 1955 - 1969. Gigliola Curiel was the first Italian fashion designer to have an exclusive contract with Bergdorf Goodman. She was an Italian fashion designer who was promoted by the Milan-based Italian Fashion Center, which was formed in 1948 in order to market Italian couture internationally. In the early 50s, the Italian Fashion Center helped Italian designers compete with French haute couture, with labels such as Ferragamo and Gucci.
This ad is for an early 1950s Curiel dress for Bergdorf Goodman, announcing
her label to their New York store. It sold (in 1956) for $975.
Having this amazing designer in my shop is a real treat! The dress is in
amazing condition, circa early 1960s, with metallic gold X's covering
the dress, and rows of modernist shapes and houses along the bottom.