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Vintage 1950s Black Silk Suit by Hattie Carnegie - S


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From the 50s here's an after five or cocktail suit made of black silk with an embossed velvet pattern. The silk has rectangular velvet-like patches over its entirety. The jacket does up with five matching silk covered buttons down the front and has a peplum at the bottom. It has 3/4 length sleeves. The skirt is cut fairly straight in a below the knee length and does up with a metal zipper at the side. The jacket is fully lined and the skirt is unlined

No size is indicated, but this should fit a small size or a medium size with small waist - please rely on the following measurements for fit, all given in inches.


Shoulders: 14

Sleeves: 17

Sleeve Inseam: 10

Bust: 39

Waist: 27

Overall length: 22


Waist: 26

Hips: 37

Overall length: 21

A little info about Hattie Carnegie, she is an iconic American designer, having started as a hatter in 1909 and subsequently as a dressmaker in 1919. She regularly made trips to Paris in order to bring back the latest European fashion for American women. She offered Parisian originals by Vionnet, Lanvin, Molyneux, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Chanel, Charles James, Patou and Mainbocher and her own interpretations in her New York salon. She had a huge influence on American fashion and became especially well known for her suits. This is a wonderful example of Carnegie design - exceptional quality silk fabric and very sophisticated style.

It's in very good condition with no tear, stains or odors - there is the slightest bit of surface wear to the silk on the top of the left shoulder, quite minor, but mentioned in the interest of full disclosure (see second to last close-up photo) . Otherwise, this suit looks like it saw little use and was very well kept over the years.

This is a sophisticated suit by an iconic American fashion maven, Hattie Carnegie.