Saturday, 14 May 2011

An undated Ben Zuckerman ensemble made up of a sheath dress and matching jacket. The jacket is really special, being lined in leopard- possibly a print but also possibly the real thing. Leopard fur was made popular in the 1960s by Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore a leopard fur coat whilst her husband was President of the US. This lead to a craze for leopard fur, and it is estimated that tens of thousands of leopards were killed to meet the demand, as well as many cheetahs, jaguars, cloud leopards and ocelots. Sadly leopards were driven nearly to extinction, as they did not recieve official protection until 1973, long after the damage was done. Even to this day the leopard is still endangered, and the risk of it being made extinct is still there as a number of countries continue to hunt this magnificent animal. This outfit was retailed at Nan Duskin, Philadelphia. Nan Duskin was a very high end store who sold to the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco. It was a store where couture garments could be bought. Nan Duskin opened in 1926, and closed its flagship store in 1994.

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