Like Peter Max or Lily Pulitzer, Florentine designer Emilio Pucci was endlessly knocked-off in the 60's and 70's. My hunch is that most people my age have seen too many cheap imitations over the decades to appreciate the originals.
Can't you just smell the double-knit polyester?
Yet, I saw this vintage 1971 Pucci Vogue Couturier pattern on eBay last night for just $2 and had to grab it. Please don't think it was just the price -- it wasn't (entirely). I want to make those wrap pants for me! (Mine will be shorter.)
Talk about "nothing new under the sun." They remind me a lot of Thai fisherman pants -- or, even more, like one of the wrap pants patterns from that Chinese pattern book I bought, Flatness Folded. But better. Very Miyake too.
Pucci produced a lot of sewing patterns for Vogue. Some were cool and sophisticated. Others are straight out of the 1973 remake of "Lost Horizon."
Marilyn Monroe was a Pucci person and even requested that she be buried in her favorite Pucci dress (a solid green). I don't think most of us associate him with her (or vice versa).
More classic Pucci...
In closing, does the sight of swirly, psychedelic, magenta/sky-blue/lime-green patterns give you vertigo, or do you genuinely like this stuff?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!