Famed French proprietor of all things haute-vintage in Paris, Didier Ludot, has teamed up with another famous French institution, the recently revamped clothing maison Carven, on a project close to any fashion lover’s heart: the Little Black Dress.  And if anyone knows their way around an LBD, it’s Ludot, who amongst three vintage-filled boutiques in Paris’ Palais Royal counts one entirely devoted to a collection of just such pieces, stocking its racks with modern re-creations of classic LBDs by famed 20th century designers like Cristobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel.  To wit, Ludot and the young designer behind Carven, Guillaume Henry, decided to modernize and “re-issue” a classic Carven LBD from 1956, designed by Madame Carven [née Carmen de Tommaso] herself, the house’s namesake designer.  While the contemporary spin largely retains the original nipped-waist, full-skirted “new look” silhouette indicative of its era, Henry and Ludot changed the material– from silk organza to taffeta– as well as added a matching belt to make it more amenable to the pretty young things that comprise the brand’s current clientele.  In a similar vein to Balenciaga’s Balenciaga.Edition line, which reproduces archival pieces as faithfully as possible using current production methods, Carven-Ludot’s collaboration only reinforces the viability of vintage sourcing and inspiration in the world of fashion today.

LBD fiends will have to act fast if they hope to take one home, though– the Carven-Ludot LBD is available in a limited edition of 20, retailing for €500 apiece in a pop-up shop within Ludot’s space in the Palais Royal through August 30th.  To celebrate the collaboration, Ludot has made a selection of choice archival pieces by Carven, which are displayed across from the label’s current Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection [not short on LBDs itself; see below], a retail concept many brands would be wont to copy if we here at the Vintage Vault had any say in the matter.

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