Friday, 25 March 2011

In honour of spring- a beautiful Ben Zuckerman suit in carnation pink. The suit jacket has princess seams, a small, neat collar and mid sized buttons on a placket like closure. There also appears to be buttons on the sleeves as wel.
The skirt seems to be relatively close fitting- perhaps a pencil skirt.
The suit dates from the mid 1960's.

Friday, 11 March 2011

This is a picture of Peggy O'Neill who was a fit model for Ben Zuckerman throughout his career.
She is wearing a dress designed by Ben Zuckerman, and looks fantastic.
Fit models are women who had perfect figures- their busts, waists, hip mesurements corresponded exactly to the industry sizing- usually around a current size 6. Fit models are integral to the design process- they confirm to the designer how the design will look on a real person.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

An undated Ben Zuckerman advertisement. The outfit includes a really lovely black dress with a large bow at the neckline, and a fitted white or tan jacket with large lapels, three quarter length sleeves and a black button. The model also wears gauntlet gloves, a black hat and pearls.

Monday, 7 March 2011

From Vogue, 1965- A Ben Zuckerman suit (skirt not seen) with a fantastic blouse. The suit is rather simple in design, in an off white colour, but it is enlivened by a stripe printed blouse featuring a big bow tie at the collar. The ensemble has a menswear look with a feminine touch.

My latest Zuckerman- a surpurbe quality black velvet coat. The velvet is very high quality and is likely made from silk. Velvet can be made of many materials including cotton, polyester, mixed fibres or pure silk. Pure silk velvet is very costly and quite unusual to find today. Velvet has traditionally been associated with royalty and luxury and this coat is a fine example of the luxurious use of velvet.
Photos courtesy of Fizle

Friday, 4 March 2011

From a 1950's magazine- an advertisement for a Zuckerman coat sold at I Magnins.

The text reads 'We like the look of easy elegance... as in this coat by Ben Zuckerman, curved cut of misty, mustardy plaid wool, light as down, from our Magnin-exclusive coat selection.'

This coat is what would be termed as a swing coat. The coat is very voluminous, wide enough to cover the full skirts of the mid 1950's. The sleeves end at the elbow, perfect for displaying the gloves that were de rigur for that era.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A Zuckerman suit, featuring a shell, jacket and skirt. The shell and the lining of the jacket are made of the same material, and on the shell, you can see a seam close to the fold of the jacket. This seam has the stripes matched on both sides- a detail that you usually find only on higher quality garments.
This ensemble is modelled by Veruschka, a top model from the 1960's. She was born in Germany in 1939 and at her peak was earing up to $10,000 a day, an unheard of figure for that era. She eventually left modelling in 1975, but has occasionally returned to the catwalk.