Late 1940s Merlot Ribbon Knit Dress and Jacket Ensemble - New!

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Size: Small for best fit although this is a lot of stretch


Bust: 32 - 36 inches + 81 - 92 cm

Waist: 24 - 30 inches + 61 - 76 cm

Hips: 38 - 42 Inches + 96 - 107 cm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder to Natural Waist: 16 inches + 41 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 46 inches + 117 cm 


Bust: 34 - 38 inches + 86 - 96.5 cm

Waist: 28 - 30 inches + 71 - 76 cm

Jacket Length: 15.5 inches + 40 cm

Sleeve Length: 18 inches + 46 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.



* 1940s commercially made dress and jacket ensemble

* Merlot coloured ribbon pearl/plain knit

* Classic silhouette with a fitted waist and straight skirt

* Dress has a wide oval neckline and short sleeves

* The neckline and sleeve edges are decorated with soutache ribbon trim

* Two cutouts bordered by soutache ribbon on each side of centre front neckline

* Skirt widens gently as it approaches hemline

* Dress is darted at waist and has centre darts that open under the waist

* Self fabric belt and long metal zipper at back

* Jacket has a turned over collar and ¾ sleeves

* Similar soutache work applied to the collar and cuffs

 * Back with metal zipper

* Unlined with hand finished hem

Saks 5th Avenue label

Saks Fifth Avenue was started as a joint venture between two of the largest retail establishments in New York City – Saks and Co. and Gimbels. The store was opened in 1924, and from the beginning it offered the highest quality clothing for men and women. Originally the store was supervised by Horace Saks but after his death in 1926 Adam Gimbel was made president of the company. He headed Saks until 1969.

By 1931, the in-house designer was Sophie Gimbel, Adam Gimbel’s wife. She designed under the label Sophie Originals. Saks’ high-end department, Salon Moderne, carried Sophie’s in-house designs as well as fashions from Paris by Louiseboulanger, Chanel, Vionnet, Patou, Schiaperelli, Agnes, Reboux and Callot Soeurs.

In the 1970s, the couture and custom salons were closed, as well as the millinery departments. Saks stores were built across the country, but without the level of customer service that had been available at the New York store during the Adam Gimbel days. In 1998, Saks merged with Proffitt’s department store chain. (curtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)



Excellent vintage condition.

No notable flaws that I can see, it is in great condition for its age. 

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.



Fabulous detail on this sophisticated and high=quality dress. Not only does it look spectacular but it's so comfortable to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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