Sunday, 30 June 2013

From Vogue, 1 September, 1962- A Ben Zuckerman coat in pale blue wool with a striking funnel like collar. Also seen is a hat by Halston.
This issue of Vogue is well known as the 'Last Sitting' issue- featuring the last photographs of Marilyn Monroe, taken by Bert Stern, before her untimely death that previous June.
The cover photo was taken by Art Kane (1925-1995) was a famous photographer, well known for his portraits of musicians like The Doors, Frank Zappa, The Who and The Rolling Stones.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

This is a super feminine Ben Zuckerman suit, dating from 1955, in a dark wool, perhaps navy or black. The jacket nips at the waist and has a lovely bow tie at the neck. There is a wonderful white blouse underneath which brightens the model's face.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

This Ben Zuckerman suit, in navy blue wool, dates from the late 1950's to early 1960's. It is wonderfully tailored and would have been the perfect suit for a woman to wear on her daily tasks- shopping, charity events or work. It could be accessorised in many ways - change a brooch, hat or gloves and the suit takes on a new purpose.
It features superb gold buttons that really make the suit stand out.
Photos courtesy of Bella Rosa Vintage.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

From the Palm Beach Journal, January 1965- Ben Zuckerman, Dean of American Fashion, relaxes before he shows his Spring and Summer collection at Martha's, the high end boutique in Palm Beach.
Mr Zuckerman had some interesting observations on the state of fashion in 1965. 'I like some of the kooky clothes.' he said, 'They're cute on the girls they are designed for, but they're not for the ladies. I only make lady clothes.'
Zuckerman stated as well that he preferred to create for the 'tailored woman' rather than the 'soft romantic'. After 40 years in the business he was still attracting new customers, who often placed orders of over $60,000 a season. One store alone sold over half a million dollars each year of Ben Zuckerman dresses, suits and coats.

Monday, 10 June 2013

From the Palm Beach Journal, January 1965- a pale coloured Ben Zuckerman suit. This suit was worn at the Everglades Club Tombola luncheon fashion show, sponsored by Martha's, the high end boutique in Palm Beach, Florida. Ben Zuckerman was the guest of honour, and was going to show his Spring and Summer collection. Also in attendance was Eugenia Sheppard, fashion editor from the New York Herald Tribune. She was there to present the Martha Award to Mr Zuckerman for his outstanding contribution to fashion.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

This is a mid 1960's Ben Zuckerman coat in navy wool, double breasted with gold buttons that lend a nautical air. This coat is quite youthful and reflects the younger fashions that dominated the mid to late 1960's. It is marvellously tailored and can actually be worn as a dress as well as a coat.
This coat was sold at Doop's, the now defunct department store in East Orange, NJ
Photos courtesy of Orlando Vintage.