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.

Thursday, 28 September 2017






This is a lovely coat, dating from the early 1960's. It is very long and made of heavy ivory wool. The coat is double breasted and has beautiful diamante buttons. It likely would have been worn in the evening over a cocktail or opera dress.
Photos courtesy of Ritual Vintage.

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.