Rare Vintage 1950s Irene Suit
Exceptional Fifties ladies suit by Irene. Impeccably made, beautifully tailored linen suit with all the whimsy and design Irene was famous for. The fabulous fitted jacket has such wonderful details and construction. Slight shoulder pads, fully lined in luxurious silk striped fabric including attached, versatile scarf that cleverly loops through the collar. 6 buttons down the front to the hem with turned up triangle of lining fabric on 1 side. Charming. The skirt has two oversized front pockets and the slightest flare. Excellent vintage condition. Jacket - Shoulder to shoulder 17", Bust 36", Length 24", Skirt - Waist 26", Hips to 38", Length 28". Irene Lentz was a fascinating designer - a true artiste! She took her grand success in film design and began a ready to wear line of clothing for women. Per the Vintage Fashion Guild ' "Irene was especially good with expensive tailored daytime ensembles in the suit line that Adrian had established . Her work almost always has a dressmaker look, with plaids, stripes, seaming and integral features such as pockets and custom buttons used to great effect. As late as 1957 she was turning out suits that were really longer, curvier versions of the 1940s silhouette with slightly softer shoulders. Irene ‘s suits could be very tailored, and yet they never lost an essential femininity." This suit perfectly illustrates Irene's aesthetic. So finely made with such wonderful unexpected design it'll make you sigh!
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