An elegant and ultra unique Irene Lentz raw-silk suit dating back to the late-1940's. Irene Lentz stunned the world in the 1930's, 40's and 50's with her ingeniously constructed, sophisticated, couture-standard garments. After charming Los Angeles society and celestial celebrities with her jaw-dropping custom work at Bullock’s Wilshire, the designer was plucked to helm the illustrious glamour factory of stunning costumes at MGM Studios. The two time Academy Award nominated Irene is best known for her work with Silver Screen Legends Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, and Doris Day. Desiring to offer her designs to women off the screen, she founded the manufacturing company Irene, Inc. with investment support from twenty-five of the nation’s leading department stores.
This gorgeous cream-colored set, custom fitted at Bullocks-Wilshire, is a perfect example of her genius. The construction is impeccable and has the type of seamed pattern work that one rarely sees today. The jacket has a stunning complex deco-star design and a dramatic small to large gradient button down. A matching high-waist pencil skirt finishes off this ensemble with a perfect Film Noir vibe. A true collectible and definitive piece of "Old Hollywood" fashion history.
Bust: 36-37 inches
Waist: 29 inches
Sleeve Length: 24 inches
Total Length: 25 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Total Length: 27 inches (3 inch hem allowance)
This rare Irene Lentz designer ensemble is in very good condition with no rips or holes. The workmanship and construction are of couture standards. Perfectly working side metal-zipper. Jacket lined in gorgeous original yellow silk. Only signs of wear is slight discolor by the underarms and a professional repair by the top shoulder which is not noticeable when worn. Please message for detailed pictures. From 1935 to 1946, Irene had her own couture salon in the midst of Bullocks-Wilshire. A client didn't need to go to Paris for the latest fashions, she could simply head to high-end luxury retailer. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.