Monday, 7 February 2011

From Vogue, 1957- a trio of Ben Zuckerman evening ensembles. While Zuckerman was mainly known as a suit and coat manufacturer, they did make evening wear as well. Usually this consisted of dresses with matching coats.
The dress in the front of the picture is a red satin 7/8th length dress with a coat in the same material. The dress appears very fitted while the coat is voluminous.
The outfit on the right is made up of a slightly below the knee dress in black satin, and a coat trimmed in white fur.
The outfit on the left is a coat in green satin, trimmed in brown fur. There is presumably a matching dress beneath the coat.
It is interesting to note that all the models wear shoes that are dyed to match the dresses. This style of dress- matching accessories perfectly to an outfit- was very popular in the 1950's and early 1960's. It wasn't uncommon to have a complete set of accessories- shoes, hat, gloves, bag and jewelry- to match an outfit, and magazines of the time often advised frugal readers to buy accessories in one colour and then buy clothing to suit that colour.

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