I recently had a brief, lively, and whirlwind visit to New York city. I chose to wear my velvet suit and parse it out for several different outfits.
This is one of the first investment vintage pieces I ever bought. I purchased in back in high school on Haight Street and it is a miracle that it still fits. Some of you have seen me wear this suit before:
For this particular trip it became my staple:
The top with a black & white skirt, the full suit, and the bottom with a pussycat bow blouse.
You can't really see, because velvet black will photo darker than anything else, but it has beautiful details on the top. There's a little fold over collar, cuffs at the end of the sleeves, and then the bottom hem folds up with button details.
The skirt part was originally quite narrow and almost hobbled me when I walked so I put in a slit up the back. This makes it look a little more A line than pencil (since it has no stretch to it) and more 1970s than 1940s, but I worry less about ripping it.
Yellow is Jean Louis, 1970-1975 The Goldstein Museum of Art
It's doesn't travel great, because it is vintage silk velvet, but it's so lovely and warm I thought NY in mid Polar Vortex would be its best chance for an outing this year.
And now for a retrospective on the velvet suit...
For Sophronia after the Finishing School Series:
|1861 Robe à Transformation The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate Series:
|1878 The Philadelphia Museum of Art|
1882 Carriage Ensemble The Metropolitan Museum of Ar
For Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series:
|1894 Suit Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1900 Ball Gown The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1938 Elsa Schiaprelli, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|My suit, 1940s|
|1950 Dior New Look|
|1954 suzy parker in givenchy|
|1956 suzy parker heinz advertisement|
|1959 Hubert de Givenchy, 1959 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|1960s suit via Timeless Vixen Vintage|
|1965 Coco Chanel, The Victoria & Albert Museum|
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