Vintage 1950s Silver Grey Silk Skirt Suit Meme Dysthe Montreal Designer Size M L
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This is a wonderful 50s era skirt suit in a very attractive silver grey coloured silk with white and black “slubs”. The jacket has padded shoulders, high set peaked lapels and a five button closure. It has above the wrist length sleeves and three shallow diagonal flapped pockets, two on the left side and one on the right. It cinches at the waist with a matching belt, although the use of the belt is not mandatory. It has three button cuffs. All buttons are made of grey abalone pearl. It is fully lined in a grey satin fabric and is hand finished. The skirt has a below the knee/upper calf length with a centre kick pleat at the back. I believe that it dates to the early 50s as there are stylistic elements typical of 1940s design.
Makers Label: Meme Dysthe. Dysthe was a Montreal based fashion designer of Norwegian origin, active during the 1950s. She immigrated to Montreal in 1950. She used imported French fabrics and had a Danish weaver as well as traditional old school tailors who were instrumental in the creation of her garments. She sold through a high-end Montreal department store, Henry Morgan (Morgan’s) as well as boutiques. Her garments were priced in the $200 to $300 range, during the 1950s, which was a considerable amount of money at that time. Suits were considered her specialty.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 16 1/2” across from one shoulder/sleeve seam to the other
Sleeves: 20” from the shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeve Inseam: 13”
Bust: 40” around (meant to be loose)
Waist: 34” around, should be cinched with the belt
Condition: The suit is in very good condition with no wear, tear, stains or odors except for a small cigarette burn to the skirt (1/8” around) located 5” from the hemline on the right side. This is a seam flap behind the burn, so it is difficult to see. Otherwise, this suit looks like it saw little use and was well kept over the years. The suit was dry cleaned, but I removed the ticket in order to photograph the label (see last two photos).
This is a wonderful quality 50s period hand tailored designer suit - great style and quality, nice acquisition for the Canadian fashion collector!