This exquisite 1955 Traina-Norell designer jacket, in mid-weight oatmeal beige wool tweed, exemplifies their signature blend of couture-level quality with quintessentially American style—elegant in its simplicity. A very similar garment was photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar March 1955. The construction itself is a masterpiece- the garment as a sculptural feel but without being stiff or heavy. The workmanship is impeccable and has the type of seamed pattern work that one rarely sees today. I love the velvet trimmed collar and lean, long sleeves. The nipped waist double-breasted bodice met by over-sized side pockets creates such a flattering silhouette. As pointed out in the book "Couture: The Great Designers", Norell had a profound influence on the ready-to-wear industry and on younger American designers by insisting that off-the-rack clothing be as fine as made-to-order. The masterful cut and superb quality of this garment more than meets his exacting standards.
Bust: 35-36 inches
Waist: 25 inches
Hips: up to 38 inches
Sleeve Length: 23 inches
Total Length: 34 inches
Shoulder to Shoulder: 15 inches
This Traina-Norell designer documented jacket is in wearable condition with no stains or discoloration. Lots of wonderful detail and immaculate seaming. There are signs of age including wear to the velvet collar trim, a button missing from one of the sleeves and some scattered holes which could be professional rewoven. Priced accordingly. Please message for detailed pictures. This garment is over 60 years old and is truly a collector's dream.