Rare Exquisite Original 1950s Vintage Navy And Robins Egg Blue Flecked Lilli Ann Skirt Suit
This exquisite suit was made in the 1950s from a fine textured virgin wool in a deep French navy shot with robins egg blue flecks throughout. It was cut in the classic hourglass silhouette of the period with padded shoulders and a nipped waist. The collar, placket, cuffs and functional square bust pocket details have been highlighted with robins egg coloured binding to give a beautiful contrast. The bust pockets have been adorned with a diamanté set statement button each and matching buttons have been used at the turn up cuffs, whilst four fabric covered buttons fasten the blazer.
This is a real statement piece with the classic high quality tailoring one has come to expect of Lilli Ann pieces. The attention to detail is just impeccable and the fabric screams of quality! Inside, the blazer is lined in duck egg blue crepe with those lovely straps that allow you to drape the blazer over your shoulders rather than wearing the sleeves.
The matching skirt was cut in a straight line with a small kick pleat at the back and fastens with an original metal side zipper and button closure above.
The suit, of course, bears the collectible Lilli Ann Fabric of France label, but the large Lilli Ann label at the neck was sadly lost. This is also one of the rare pieces that has featured in Lilli Ann advertising and we have attached a picture of the matching advert. Apparently this design also featured in an editorial in one of the big fashion magazines of the time (Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, we aren’t 100% sure which)!
Shoulders: 15” seam to seam
Waist: 24” (tight 25”)
Length: 27” plus 1 3/4” hem
The suit is in very good condition with only a few minuscule marks externally and some slight discolouration to the lining as pictured.
Please enquire for flexible instalment layaway terms.
This garment is available to purchase with or without dress shields. These clever little contraptions have been made by our seamstress to an original 1940s pattern and can be simply attached to your garment by tack stitching at the corners of the underarm seam, pinning (we wouldn’t recommend that, it hurts if it goes wrong, so if you try this, it is at your own risk only) or inserting tiny poppers. They then stand ready to absorb any sweat and body odours as needed and you can simply detach and launder them instead of your garment, saving you a fortune in dry cleaning bills.
They are equally suitable for suits, blazers and dresses and come in two different options:
1. Pure cream cotton for your heavier weight dresses, blazers and suits
2. White cotton muslin for lightweight summer dresses (so they don’t show through the fabric)
They are universally sized and super easy to use even for a sewing novice as only a couple of tiny stitches are required at each side to secure them.
We sell Dress Shields as a standalone item or at a discount if you purchase them with a garment. We will select the appropriate type to match the garment you have purchased.