Rare 1940s Navy & Herringbone Lilli Ann Designer Suit- New! (SOLD)

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$498.00 USD
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SKU #1842

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Size: Small


Bust: 34 inches + 86 cm

Waist: 29 inches + 74 cm

Hips : 36 inches + 91 cm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 24 inches + 61 cm

Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder: 22.5 inches + 57 cm


Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm

Hips: 38 inches + 96.5 cm

Length from Waist to Hem:  29 inches + 74 cm 

Zipper Length: 9 inches + 23 cm

Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.



* Stunning 1940s designer suit in deep navy gabardine wool

* Classic silhouette with shaped waist and straight skirt

* Collared long-line jacket with long sleeves

* Sleeves are in contrasting navy and white herringbone fabric

* Horizontal herringbone piping at bust level at front and back of jacket

* Pockets on each hip with contrast trim

* Dark navy buttons for fastening with decorative smaller buttons at the wrist

* Skirt has herringbone piping at hipline and slit at front hemline

* Jacket lined in cream crepe 

* Side metal zipper and hook & eye fastening

* Early black label  Lilli Ann Californian Original

Lilli Ann
This famous American label was registered in 1933 by Adolf Schuman. Fabrics were specially imported from France and Italy, many made expressly for Lilli Ann. These fabrics were bought from mainly small textile companies that were in dire financial straits after the war and in danger of closing. As a result, Schuman was credited with saving many of these from financial ruin and in official recognition for his services was awarded Medals of Honour from both France and Italy.  On the other hand, the Lilli Ann customer knew that their suits, coats and dresses were made of the highest quality, hand-loomed fabric. Lilli Ann was also recognised for its innovative designs and quality construction. The label received the Gold Medal in Fashion Design, America's highest award in fashion. Nowadays, there is a high demand for this label from collectors and fashionistas from around the world. It must be said that this label is one of my all-time favourites as many of my customers know...:)



Excellent +

No notable flaws that I can see, a couple of minor scuffs to the lining. Hardly worth mentining.



Lilli Ann's black label is rarer than the later versions and this is an excellent example of an early design. Ultra smart silhouette with clean straight lines and superb attention to detail.  A very fine and eye-catching suit, that can be easily dressed up or down.  The spider brooch is available separately. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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