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Woman's suit (jacket, skirt)

about 1948
Designed by Gilbert Adrian (American, 1903–1959), Retailed by Bonwit Teller and Co. (American, 1898-1990)

Object Place: United States


Overall (jacket): 63.5 x 91.44 cm (25 x 36 in.) Center back (skirt): 71.12 cm (28 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool twill, lined with rayon plain weave; plastic buttons

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Medium/light brown collarless suit jacket with Adrian’s iconic “V-line” silhouette with padded shoulders and a fitted waist. Three plastic buttons run down the center front placket, between the second and third (at about the waistline) is a hook and eye closure. Two faux pockets are angled on either side of the upper bodice and the two (real) flap pockets on the hips are lined in brown rayon; each pocket has a flap with a central button. Seaming across chest, meets vertical seams from the center shoulder. At about the central armhole begins a “V” shape that ends at the lower pockets. The inner sides of the sleeves each have two elbow darts, 7.75” from cuff. The back of the jacket has seams that create a large “V”, further emphasizing the silhouette. Interior is lined with darker brown plain weave rayon with a label on the inner right placket “Adrian/in/British Samak material” and at center back “Fifth Avenue/Bonwit Teller/ New York.”

Medium/light brown wool skirt with side seams and seams down center front and back, with two darts to either side. A snap and two hook and eye closures above a 6/5” zipper (attached to orange twill tape) on left side. Unlined with pinked interior seaming and a 1 3/4” x 8” black band at back waistband.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Elizabeth Ann Coleman