Vintage 1950s suit by Gene Shelly is elegant and smartly detailed in heathered taupe wool with beige gabardine accents. We know Shelly today primarily for his sequined dresses, but his suits came first. They are notable for the use of piecework, which is always striking. This piece feels very inspired by suits made by Adrian and Irene. The collar is a faux double collar, a trompe l'oeil effect created with shaping and contrast trim. A pointed arrow points straight up at the waist, closing with two hidden hooks. It is lined with peach rayon crepe. A beautiful designer suit that is relevant in any decade.
Label: Gene Shelly, Beverly Hills, California /Joe D. Ruffs Palais Royale, Longview
Material: Wool, Wool Gabardine
Condition: Good plus
This stunning jacket is clean and ready to wear. Someone removed the left shoulder pad, and I've adding one that is as similar in size as I could find, and closed the lining that they left open. There is a single small chew at the back of the left sleeve. Someone restitched the hem of the lining. I find no other issues to note.