Sunday, 30 December 2012

This is a great mid 1960's Ben Zuckerman coat in a pale blue. The coat is double breasted and has 3/4 length sleeves with faux flap pockets (but real hidden pockets).
This coat illustrates how Ben Zuckerman was moving with the times, it is a more youthful and 'modern' take on fashion.
Photos courtesy of Goldstein Museum of Design.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

This is a 1950's Ben Zuckerman suit in grey wool. It's a feminine delight! The skirt is gently flared and falls to below the knee.
The real standout is the jacket- it nips at the waist and is trimmed in a paler grey grosgrain ribbon with ribbon rosettes as buttons.
The suit was sold at the French Shops at Filene's, Boston. This venerable store was opened in 1881. The French shop started out selling only French models, but by 1940 it also carried the cream of American designers. Filene's closed in 2006.
Photos courtesy of Public Couture Ltd.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

I just adore this Ben Zuckerman ensemble- it really looks fantastic. It consists of a camel blouse and skirt in a thick wool with a band collar and faux pockets at the waist of the blouse.  It also has a half belt.
The coat is charcoal and it echos the banded collar of the blouse by having a similar, slightly wider band all around the opening of the coat.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Much like the suit below, this late 1950's Ben Zuckerman pays tribute to Chanel. It is perfectly tailored and the distinctive pattern of the blouse is echoed in the lining of the jacket.
The label on this suit is like no other Zuckerman I have seen- perhaps this suit was a one off made for an important client.
Photos courtesy of Goldstein Museum of Design.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Here is a festive Ben Zuckerman coat in a greaat red and green brocade. The pattern is an abstract flower/plant design. The coat has great large pockets and wonderful buttons that perfectly compliment the coat.

The most fantastic thing about the coat though is the great green satin lining- what a great surprise when you take the coat off!
Photos courtesy of Dane Vintage.

Friday, 30 November 2012

This is a brown tweed Ben Zuckerman suit. The jacket is quite striking, with large patch pockets near the hip and two simple black buttons to fasten. The collar is almost a mandarin type.
The skirt is simple with a waistband and a slight flare.
This suit was sold at Doop's, which was a department store in East Orange, NJ. Doop's was well known for its wrought iron spiral staircase. As is so often the case, Doop's is no longer in exsistance.
Photos courtesy of masmls11276142012

Sunday, 25 November 2012

This is a lovely Ben Zuckerman jacket, once part of a suit, in black boucle wool trimmed in black satin. The jacket has curved seams which nip the waist in. The buttons are covered in the same black satin as the trim.
The jacket was sold at I Magnin.
Photos courtesy of Day2Day59 .

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Here is a cream double breasted Ben Zuckerman coat. The coat has typically fantastic buttons which add drama. The coat is a fit-and-flare style, with a deep pleat in the back. Even though this coat is nearly 50 years old, it looks modern and stylish, as these fantastic photos illustrate.
This coat was sold at Amelia Gray, Beverley Hills, which was a wonderful boutique that catered to Hollywood stars of the 1950's and 60's.
Photo courtesy of Phillips and Co Vintage.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

This is a Ben Zuckerman cream wool coat with large gold buttons trimmed in black. The coat is double-breasted and has small pockets near the shoulder.
This coat dates from the mid 1960's. As with all Zuckermans, the coat was made in the USA in a union shop, which ensured fair wages and good working conditions for the garment workers.
Photos courtesy of Vintagelovelove88.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

This is a really wonderful pale beige Ben Zuckerman wool coat. To me, it shows all that Ben Zuckerman excelled at- deceptive simplicity. The coat is wonderfully tailored and has a military feel to it.
The coat was sold at L.L. Berger of Buffalo. This was a high end department store opened in 1905 by Louis L Berger. The store grew over the years and was compared to Saks 5th Avenue and I Magnin. The store filed for bankrupcy in 1991 and the flagship store was converted to luxury apartments.
Photos courtesy of Paperdollsinc.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

'Takara, Juilliard's luxury costume suiting of softest wool and rabbit hair is subtly toned, elegantly shaped in this design by Ben Zuckerman- look for the label 80% wool, 20% rabbit hair, because fine fabrics are the foundations of fashion.'
Juilliard's was a manufacturer of fine wool, founded by Augustus D Juilliard in 1874. Mr Juilliard is probably best known for leaving a legacy in his will that was used to found the famous Juilliard Graduate School of Music.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

This is a lovely Ben Zuckerman coat, in textured black wool with a large mink collar. The coat, which may have had a matching dress or skirt, is double breasted and has large buttons that add interest to the coat.
Photo courtesy of The Atomic Star.

Friday, 21 September 2012

From Life Magazine, 24 September 1951 - 'Town tweeds include Nettie Rosenstein's cape-collar suit  (left) with black yarn fringe ($235), Ben Zuckerman's fitted suit ($185) worn with a fur lined coat ($500) and Dior's checked, straight short coat with a Persian lamb collar ($345).'

For Ben Zuckerman to be mentioned in the same sentence as Nettie Rosenstein and Dior goes to show how highly acclaimed he was. Nettie Rosenstein was well know for her lovely black dresses and designed the inaugural gown for Mamie Eisenhawer. Christian Dior needs know introduction as his fashion house, created in 1947 is still well know and well regarded today.

Monday, 17 September 2012

From Life Magazine, 5 October 1953- 'Loose coat in blue and black tweed (Ben Zuckerman, $235) is new seven-eighth lenght which require a slim skirt. Lilly Dache's hairline hat is in step with Paris fashions.'

Thursday, 13 September 2012

From 1948, a Zuckerman and Kraus suit. This suit dates from before Ben Zuckerman created his own company.
This suit combines velvet and broadcloth. The majority of the suit is the woolen broadcloth, probably in black and there is trimming at the hip in velvet, likely black as well. This is very early 'New Look', with the full skirt, nipped waist and softly sloping shoulders, so different from the looks worn during World War II.