Thursday, 9 September 2010

A Ben Zuckerman coat in black, from 1957. The suit is perfectly accessorised with white gloves, a ladylike white hat and a large corsage at the neckline. There are three large buttons, and what appears to be a velvet collar. The coat has feminine seaming, curving over the bust to the waist. I would imagine that this coat cost in the range of $300, which would have made it a significant investment in 1957.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

From 1951, a Ben Zuckerman coat, with a very full skirt, nipped waist and shawl collar. It is princess seamed and features 3 buttons, no doubt as high quality as all Zuckermans are. The suit is accessorised with a large brooch, small hat and a fantastic fur muff. All in all a very stylish coat. It was sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman-Marcus and WM Block, all high end department stores.
This fashion illustration was drawn by Bosc.

This is a fabulous late 1960's Zuckerman suit in a bright red. As is typical of Zuckermans, the buttons are really outstanding- substantial and very decorative. The suit is a heavy wool with patch pockets on the jacket. The skirt is shorter than Zuckerman's of the 1950's and early 60's, as by the this point in history the miniskirt had arrived.

The jacket is trimmed at the waist and wrists with fur, which I believe may be chinchilla. Fur trimmed garments were very popular during this era, which ranged from inexpensive rabbit to leopard or sable, which was very costly. The vogue for furs lead to some animals becoming endangered even to this day.

Courtesy of Fabulousfinds4you