Saturday, 31 May 2014

This is another shot of the suit on the cover of Vogue, September 1962, also know as the 'Last Sitting' as the issue featured the last pictures of Marilyn Monroe. You can read more and see the cover here .
This suit is softly tailored in pale blue and has a matching hat by Emme.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

An undated Ben Zuckerman suit, probably from the mid 1950's.
'Apricot and flaxen, blending in a warm blond herringbone- a suit that's a city beauty and a fine getting-there costume. It has this year's 'long' jacket (would have been one of last year's shortest) with buttoned side slits newly placed- to the front. By Ben Zuckerman of British woollen. $175, Bergdorf Goodman. Rough straw hat by Dior-New York. Pigskin bag and jewellery by Bergdorf Goodman.  DuBarry 'Saucy Glow' lipstick.'

Friday, 23 May 2014

This Ben Zuckerman suit dates from 1960 and is amazing. It is made of a pink brocade and has the most wonderful jacket I've ever seen. The jacket ties at the waist in the front and the back of the jacket is almost cape like.
Photo courtesy of Couture Allure.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

From the Daily Chronicle, 8 April, 1952- New Easter Outfits Display Real Style.

'Spring, and a young man's fancy is not news, but Easter outfits are. From the ground up, her Matrix suit shoes are the new mushroom colour in detailed pumps. Her beige suit by Ben Zuckerman has a soft tailored look with the full skirt and nipped in waist. A roomy calf bag matches her shoes and the new squared envelope white straw hat trimmed in mushroom is by Sally Victor.'

Thursday, 15 May 2014

This mid 1960's Ben Zuckerman suit is tailoring perfection. It is made of a very substantial brown wool and is double breasted with a leather belt at the waist of the jacket. The jacket is wonderfully well made- you can see the bound buttonholes in one of the above pictures as well as the stitching on the edge of the jacket.
The suit was sold at Wolff Brothers, which was a department store founded in 1865 in Leavenworth, Kansas by Samuel and Alfred Wolff. This first store was moved to Kansas City in 1879 and was followed by 5 more stores in the American mid-west. The stores were know for their luxury goods. The final Wolff Brothers store closed in 1962.
Photos courtesy of Pennylane Trading Company.

Monday, 12 May 2014

This undated (likely early to mid 1950's) Ben Zuckerman suit is a delight! The jacket has a tiny waist and a peplum, and features 3/4 length sleeves and a rolled collar. The model is perfectly accessorised, with gloves, and a marvellous hat.
This suit was sold at John Wanamaker in Philadelphia and Young's Gown Shop in Portland. Wanamaker's was the first department store in Philadelphia. Founded in 1876 by John Wanamaker. It is considered by many to be America's first real department store. The store was considered unusual at the time as it offered no quibble returns and also guaranteed the merchandise. John Wanamaker also invented the price tag. In 1995 the stores, which numbered 15 at this time, were sold off to various buyers and the Wanamaker name was no more.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

This is a Ben Zuckerman coat, dating from the mid 1960's, in bright lime green. It is trimmed in ivory at the closing, cuffs, collar and pockets and has large gold buttons that give a nautical feel. It also has a half belt at the back.
This coat, with its more youthful cut and colour shows that Ben Zuckerman was moving with the times, as by the mid 1960's fashion was featuring younger designs.
Photos courtesy of Johnson County Community College.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

From The Northeast Misourian, 17 March 1961- Flexibility Accents Spring Suits, Ensembles.
'Suits and ensembles with the suit look both have flexibility in styling this spring. There is a variety of jacket lengths and styles. Some are boxy, some are short-cropped, some are semi-box jackets. Beige paint brush tweed edges with white braid binding has a soft look. There's a six-gore skirt in this Ben Zuckerman suit.'

Saturday, 3 May 2014

This lovely Ben Zuckerman suit in tweed dates from the early 1950's. It has a tiny, nipped waist, and large decorative pockets at the hip. The skirt is straight and probably ends mid-calf. As always, the model is perfectly accessorized with matching hat, gloves and scarf.
Photos courtesy of CoutureAllure.