Monday, 21 December 2009

My latest Zuckerman, a suit with blouse dating from the 1960's. The suit is made cotton and features large mother of pearl buttons.

The style of this suit closely mimics the suits favoured by Jackie Kennedy when she was First Lady. Ben Zuckerman was suggested as a designer for the First Lady along side with Stella Sloat and Norman Norell by Diana Vreeland, the famed editor of Vogue.

This suit also features a label from De Pinna, which was a high end department store founded in 1885 by Albert De Pinna. In 1950 the store, located in New York, was bought out by Julius Garfinckel & Co. In 1969 the store closed.

Photos courtesy of Saraplotz.

In November 1960 Ben Zuckerman had his Spring showing. Zuckerman showed the three piece suit as a feature of the collection. The jacket was slightly boxy and there was an overblouse, mostly sleeveless, and often made of silk. The skirts were slim cut. Buttons were large and showy. Tailoring was superb. The look was sportswear raised to the nth degree.

Also in this collection were many coats, most of which were tent-like and swirling. He had a number of late afternoon coats in black that were lined in lemon yellow, mauve or pink taffeta and teamed with a simple black dress.

It was noted as well that pink was a prominent colour in the collection as well as tobacco brown.

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