Monday, 31 August 2015

From The Chicago Tribune, 25 June, 1952.
'Dress parade suit for Fall in grey imported wool with black scroll design. It is contrasted with velvet collar and is an original by Ben Zuckerman.'

Sunday, 23 August 2015

From The Chicago Tribune, 5 February, 1957- The Auntie Mame Importance.
'Ben Zuckerman designed the navy serge suit ($245). The jacket, slightly indented at the waist, is to be worn open, to show the white silk blouse with neckline bow.'
Auntie Mame is a 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis chronicling the madcap adventures of a boy, Patrick, growing up as the ward of the sister of his dead father. The book is inspired by Dennis' real life eccentric aunt, Marion Tanner, whose life and outlook mirrored those of Mame. The novel was a runaway best seller.

Friday, 14 August 2015

This Ben Zuckerman coat, in rich black velvet trimmed in satin is a lovely topper for a cocktail dress.
The coat dates from the early 1960's and features typically ornate buttons.
The coat was sold at Nan Duskin, which was a high end Philadelphia department store, opened in 1927. It was known as the place to buy high end clothing in Philadelphia and was the last word in luxury. Sadly it closed in 1994.
Photo courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015


From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 February, 1957.
'Daytime costume in charcoal grey flannel and silk combines a straight skirt with a cutaway jacket lined to match the short sleeved polka dot silk blouse.'

Friday, 7 August 2015

From The Chicago Tribune, 20 July 1954- New Fashions With the Elegant Touch
'Ben Zuckerman ensemble of beige tweed consisting of straight skirt, white satin blouse and straight hanging jacket collared in sable and lined with white satin.'