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TRUE VINTAGE ~ A simply STUNNING vintage 100% raw silk dress coat by iconic designer Susan Small ~

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22 Jul, 2014 16:51:30 BST
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Seller notes: TRUE VINTAGE ~ A simply STUNNING vintage 100% raw silk dress coat by iconic designer Susan Small ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ a classic shape in the most divine azure blue ~ GORGEOUS!!!
Decade: 1950s Material: 100% Silk
Look: Glamour/Hollywood/50s/Debutante/60s/Starlet/40s Brand: Susan Small
Style: Dress Coat Chest Size: Approx UP TO ABOUT 36 inches
Size: M (12-14) Exact Colour: Azure Blue
Main Colour: Blue Estimated Size: No size label ~ estimated UK size 8-14
Vintage Type: True Vintage Waist Size: Approx UP TO ABOUT 32 inches

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in THE most BEAUTIFUL Azure Blue
Simply Divine
By sought after designer
With the Iconic Dior 'New Look' Shape

Ideal for a wedding ~ guest, bride, bridesmaid ~ or any special event, red carpet, black tie, sophisticated, raw silk, hour-glass, azure blue...what could be more fabulous?!!!

Vintage ~ Wedding ~ Starlet ~ 40s ~ War Bride ~ WWII ~ Old Hollywood ~ 50s Vamp ~ Swing ~ Jive ~  Glamour ~ Sophistication ~ 60s ~ Debutante ~ Elegant ~ Showstopper ~ Red Carpet ~ Elegant ~ Luxury... 

Sexy and Sophisticated in beautifully blue raw Silk ~ 
Sought after vintage piece by designer Susan Small

An extremely sought after and very beautiful vintage piece from the 1950s, by one of the most renowned British design companies of the time ~ this divine dress coat is simply stunning!

Cut in THE MOST beautiful shape which epitomises the look of the age and is reminiscent of Dior’s celebrated ‘New Look’ ~ characterised by a defined waist and fuller skirt designed to emphasise the bust and hips ~ this is a piece you’ll love to wear. 

The small, overlapping shawl collar is folded at each end, a feature redolent of this era, while a discreet hook and eye fastening sits just inside to secure the collar and give a very modern, very elegant edge. Four large, circular self covered buttons (so ‘de rigeur!) adorn the front and from the 'nipped in' waist line, the coat’s skirt flares out ~ the shape accentuated by beautiful front seaming which runs the length of the coat from the shoulder and defines that classic 40s/50s shape perfectly. The same fabulous seaming runs down the back to the understated but utterly charming skirt which falls into subtle folds to form an incredibly flattering fit, creating that timeless hour-glass silhouette. Gorgeous, ¾ length sleeves finish the look; chic, classy and so stylishly sophisticated!

Finished in 100% raw silk, and in THE MOST amazing azure blue. and with an alluring lustre to the fabric. The coat is fully lined in a silky fabric of bright blue, while the skirt is backed in black muslin and netting at the sides to give an even fuller shape ~ such attention to detail and such quality of tailoring (would you expect any less from Susan Small!!!) gives this coat its classic vintage style and a look which is beyond beautiful. Would look SENSATIONAL worn to a wedding ~ or as a bride's or bridesmaid's coat over a special dress...a real showstopper...

A definitive vintage dress coat from the age of style, class and groundbreaking design ~ be bold and beautiful in brilliant blue and shine in sophisticated silk. 

Just fabulous!!!


100% raw silk in the most brilliant, azure blue – fully lined in silky blue ~ the skirt is lined and also backed with muslin and net to give a wonderful coat shape.

Iconic vintage white label reads: “Susan Small of London – Made in England”  

No size label ~ going by the measurements (please see these below), we estimate that this fabulous coat will fit a variety of sizes from UK 8 - 14 / EURO 36 - 42 / US 4/6  -  10/12 ~ however to be sure of fit, please do check measurements against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.


There is no size label in the garment but based on measurements, we have estimated the sizes to be as follows ~ please see measurements below:

UK estimate 8-14 ~ might fit other sizes also ~ please see measurements.

EURO estimate 36-42 ~ might fit other sizes also ~ please see measurements.

US estimate 4/6  -  10/12  ~ might fit other sizes also ~ please see measurements.

Measurements: All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate. 

All measurements are taken with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way.  

Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.

This fabulous coat can be worn fitted to the figure, or looser ~ either way looks stunning!!!

Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 18 inches

Waist ~ approx: 15½ to 16 inches

Hips ~ very approx: 21 (plus) inches ~ Please note that the style and shape of the coat will allow for a larger hip size.

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down back of garment to hem  ~ approx: 42 inches

Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff: approx: 17 inches. Please note, the sleeves are ¾ length.

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HISTORY ~ Susan Small ~ Luxury, Colourful, Defining, Iconic

Susan Small was a traditional British ready-to-wear firm, founded in the early 1940s by Leslie Carr Jones and noted for its party dresses and colourfully printed evening attire, often mixing contrasting elements of exotic prints with simply shaped designs and traditional fabrics.

In 1947 the company joined forces with other design firms such as the famous Horrockses and Polly Peck to form the Model House Group, set up to pool their resources and to attract new buyers to combined shows (that year’s British Industries Fair advertised them as manufacturers of ‘Exclusive Small Sizes for Day and Evening’). The Model House Group went on to become the Fashion House Group in 1958, with Leslie Carr Jones as its head.

The label continued throughout the 1960s and subsequently caught the attention of textile giant Courtaulds, who purchased the company in the 70s. Perhaps their definitive moment came in 1973 when chief designer Maureen Baker (who had joined Susan Small thirty years earlier) made her mark on the fashion world when she was commissioned to design Princess Anne’s wedding dress ~ an exquisite white silk princess-style gown with medieval pearl-edged Elizabethan sleeves and a high collar...the sumptuous floor sweeping gown was reminiscent of the classic fairytale look and became the defining bridal gown of the 1970s.

Susan Small’s designs featured many colourful styles in an assortment of prints and materials over many decades and were made with the best quality fabrics finished to a very high standard with fabulous tailoring. Known as a trend setter ‘back in the day’ (particularly during the 50s and 60s), the company’s designed classic, iconic fashion shapes in gorgeous high quality fabrics, and as such, are now much favoured and sought after as they very beautifully describe earlier times (the 40s, 50s, 60s) and yet have remained timeless in their design and appeal.

STYLE ~ Dior’s New Look

On 12 February 1947, Dior launched his first fashion collection for Spring-Summer 1947. The new collection went down in fashion history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow's exclamation, "It's such a New Look!"

The silhouette was characterised by a small, nipped-in waist and full skirt which emphasised the bust and hips. At a time of post-war fabric restrictions, Dior used up to twenty yards of extravagant fabrics for his creations. The New Look became extremely popular ~ its full-skirted silhouette influencing fashion and other designers well into the 1950s, and Dior gained a number of prominent high-profile clients from Hollywood, the United States and the European aristocracy as a result. Paris, which had fallen from its position as the capital of the fashion world after WWII, regained its esteemed position due in part to the attention it gained from Dior's New Look. The New Look was welcomed in Western Europe as a refreshing antidote to the austerity of wartime, and was embraced by stylish women throughout the UK.



20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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