Monday, 11 December 2017



An undated Ben Zuckerman suit, likely from the mid to late 1950's.
'The slender ease of Ben Zuckerman's two piece walking (and driving!) suit in deep violet sheer woollen boucle.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


From Vogue, 1 February, 1955- Americans- dressing for where they're going.
'Leaving in perfect shape- arriving ditto: a suit firmly shaped, easy feeling, newly belted. By Ben Zuckerman of black and white Einiger cashmere tweed, $195. The car: the handsome 1955 Cadillac Sixty Special.'

Thursday, 23 November 2017


From Vogue, 1 February 1955- Complete success- the flared fit.
'Fit like this, followed by flare like this: a silhouette that's set for great success in 1955. There's a very American reason why: it makes for a smart change of pace from the new loose-cut jackets, the new blade slim lines, makes for variety, and that's one of the new secrets of a lively fashion life here- having more than one string to one's bow.
New look for the short-jacket suit- short only in the sense that it's not as long as many of the new long jackets (and therefore makes a nice change of pace from them. Grey tapestry worsted, fitted from the double collar to the scalloped edge, the skirt flaring gently in panel pleats. By Ben Zuckerman, about $225. For head to toe smartness, gilt Bobley jewellery, and Wear-Right gloves, a printed red faille cap from Sally Victor; black De Liso Debs pumps; stockings in pink-tinged beige-'Pink Sand' by Mary Grey.

Thursday, 9 November 2017


This is a wonderful Zuckerman and Kraus cocktail or dinner suit, dating pre 1950- likely just after 1947 as this suit is very New Look. The suit has soft shoulders, a tiny waist and a peplum and a very full skirt.
Zuckerman and Kraus was the business owned by Ben Zuckerman prior to opening his own company. Zuckerman and Kraus produced very high end suits and coats. The business was closed in 1950.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


From 1954, a Bonwit Teller window display featuring a women's suit designed by Ben Zuckerman. The mannequin is wearing a grey suit, white gloves, heeled shoes and a hair wrap. A banner at the bottom of the display reads "Bonwit's big change in Suits... A new elegance, a modified ease and shaping... this suit designed by Ben Zuckerman."

Thursday, 12 October 2017





This is a gorgeous Ben Zuckerman coat in heavy wool and trimmed in fox or mink. The waist is nipped and the sleeves are 3/4 length, designed to show off gloves. The overall impression is feminine and beautiful.
Photos courtesy of Bettrdeal.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


From Vogue, 1 February, 1955- Complete success: the coat-cut jacket.
'Due to reach its fashion-peak in 1955: the new longer-than-in-a-long-time jacket. It gives the suit, the costume dress, a completely different set of proportions- a long bodied line that will be (rightly) to many an American woman's liking. Here, in a full-length mirror, a long jacketed suit, dress, both in fashion above the neckline and below the hemline too.
The navy-blue spring suit with an entirely new look- a jacket that's just two feet short of being a coat. It's dressed to fashion perfection here for days in town, with a white crochet turban (and crochet with this much chic is news!), navy blue alligator bag, pumps. Suit by Zuckerman with a blue and white silk blouse, about $285. Hat, Mr John. Delman shoes with stocking in a beige beautifully apropos for navy blue: 'Nudewear' by Cannon.