Thursday, 14 September 2017


These two coats, by Ben Zuckerman probably date from the early 1950's. They are both voluminous, in order to cover the full skirted dresses popular at this time. Neither coat appears to have any closures so would be clutch coats, named that because the wearer would clutch the coat closed with their hands.

Thursday, 31 August 2017





This is a very interesting Ben Zuckerman suit, in black pony hair. The jacket is double breasted and the skirt is a typical straight Zuckerman.
Pony hair is cow or goat hide that is shaved so that the hide looks similar to the hide of a horse. It is an unusual choice for a suit but it works very well and is easily tailored.
Photos courtesy of Lori's Listings NY.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Dating from the mid 1950's, this coat is a delight!
Made of a pale coloured wool, it reaches just below the knees and has 3/4 length sleeves. It is single breasted and the wool is woven into 'stripes' which serve to elongate the figure.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


This gorgeous Ben Zuckerman coat, dating from the early 1960's is beautifully tailored and very flattering. The coat has large lapels and collar, 3/4 length sleeves and an empire style waistline. This coat would have been perfect for wearing during the day.
The coat was made with material from Anglo Mills, who produced very high quality fabrics. Sadly Anglo Mills closed in 1998 and the derelict factory burnt to the ground some time after that.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


This is a photograph of a window display, dating from 1957, in Bonwit Teller's flagship New York Store, featuring women's suit by Ben Zuckerman. The mannequin is wearing a hat, gloves, jewelry and holding an umbrella.  A banner at the bottom of the display reads "Bonwit's suits inspired purists lines designer news by Christian Dior."

Saturday, 22 July 2017


An ad dating from 1956 by Nan Duskin, featuring a lovely Ben Zuckerman ensemble.
Ben Zuckerman designs for dinner and theatre. The dress, a black wool sheath, the jacket, American broadtail, collared in white mink. $535.'
Nan Duskin was a luxury boutique in Philadelphia. The shop, named after it's owner, opened in 1927 and eventually encompassed three locations. The stores closed in 1994.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017






These screen captures are from a fashion show held in 1956 and broadcast on The Today Show in America.
The model is wearing a lovely tweed coat with a full skirt, patch pockets and a black bow at the neckline. The model is wearing gloves and a fur hat.