Rare "Original by Jean" LILLI ANN Dusty Blue Two Piece Dress and Tailored Jacket c.1941
Vintage 1940s dress set consists of a flattering short-sleeve dress and a matching tailored coat. Made under the first iteration of the Lilli Ann label, "Original by Jean, A California Costume" this piece is a rare find. Uncommon to Lilli Ann designs even as of 1943 or 44, this features an a-line skirt on the dress. The dusky plum color is a very subtle, natural sort of hue. The shoulders of the jacket have sturdy padding. The collar is phenomenal - dramatically pleated to stand at the shoulders like the arcs of a heart, coming to a point above the three self-fabric buttons. The dress is elegantly embellished, with shirring gathered into piping along the center of the bodice and on the short sleeves. The skirt is an a-line, with five gores at front and three at back. An attached belt snaps at the back. The coat is lined, the dress is not. The dress has both side and rear neck metal zippers.
*judge best fit by the jacket dimensions
Belt currently snaps closed at 29.5" and 26"
Label: Original by Jean, a California Costume, Manufacturer 4103
Material: Wool, Rayon Lining
Condition: Very Good minus
This set is clean and ready to be worn. I removed a cheap fur trim that had been added to update the jacket and change the shape of the collar. There are a couple tiny little pulls in the wool from having done so. I repaired a small moth chew on the top of the right shoulder with self-fibers - it is imperfect but not notable. Someone previously repaired a 1" seam pop at the top of the right shoulder, and while it doesn't stand out, their stitches are not invisible. There is a small area of mild felting and discoloration at each underarm. I find no other issues to note. The dress is sturdy and wears beautifully.
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