Stylish Designer 1950s Purple Wool Top and Skirt Set- New!

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Size: Small


Bust: 34 - 37 inches + 86 - 96 cm (stretch in top)

Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm 

Hips: 32 inches + 81 cm

Sleeve Length: 16 inches + 41

Top Length from Outside Shoulder: 18 inches + 46 cm


Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm (room to move button another inch)

Hips: Free

Length from Waist to Hem:  24 inches + 61 cm 

Hem Length: 1 inch + 2.5 cm

Total Length: Top and Skirt: 40 inches + 102 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.



* Sophisticated 1950s wool top and skirt set, commercially made

* Fabric consists of purple top and striped  purple, navy, lilac, gold and black skirt

* Classic silhouette with a nipped waist and full skirt

* Top has ¾ sleeves with round collar and bow closure

* Short metal zipper at back neck

* Skirt is very full with sunray pleating

* Waistband with metal zipper and button closure

* Unlined, hand-stitched hem, both raw and serged seams

* Label reads Alex Coleman California

Alex Colman California, founded in 1947, was one of many California clothing companies that opened post World War II period. The family-owned company specialized in quality sportswear, coordinates, and casual dress in the Californian style. The vivid and unique prints used by Alex Colman became their signature and set the standard. These prints were all designed by Blanche Lefton (Alex Coleman's daughter), who was inspired by her many trips to France, Germany and Italy. She would then visit Japan to personally work on her exclusive patterns with their printers: Kanebo and Toyobo. Blanche was an expert at engineering prints so that the borders would match perfectly. The ability of the company to produce these exclusive prints was one of the primary reasons for its success. In 1968, it had grown so much that it was listed on the stock exchange and in 1973 merged with Borden Incorporated. Sometime in 1980, the company finally closed its doors. Their legacy has endured, particularly the classic Coleman border and floral novelty prints and coordinates of the 1950s. Examples of these are highly valued by today's vintage fashion connoisseurs.




No notable flaws that I can see - looks hardly ever worn apart from a small amount of wrinkling and pilling under the arms.

Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.



Gorgeous set with all the hallmarks of superior design and construction. Alex Coleman fashions always stand apart from the rest. The colours are rich and vibrant too.   Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.

We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. This option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from pick-up.

This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.

We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

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