Saturday, 28 May 2011

A wonderful Ben Zuckerman evening ensemble, made up of a dress and coat in a peachy-golden brocade (seen in close up in the last picture). The fabric of the outfit is very heavy and substantial, and both the coat and dress are lined in thick satin. This outfit is the finest quality ready-to-wear available in the 1960's. For example, the sleeves are set by hand.

This outfit was retailed at Sara Fredericks, a high end boutique named after it's owner. Ms Fredericks lived in Palm Beach, Florida, and owned a chain of stores that sold the top names of the era. Ms Fredericks opened her first store in 1940, in Boston and a number of years later opened her store on Worth Street in Palm Beach. She lived 'above the store' in a luxury apartment. Ms Fredericks was involved in her business right up to her death at age 83 in 1986.

Pictures courtesy of bos-cal

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