Vintage mid- to late 1960s Davidow tweed suit features a Spring-perfect, soft-but-cozy weave of aqua, powder blue, chartreuse and kelly green.
The short, demi-fitted jacket has a small collar and two faux chest welt pockets. Fully lined in shimmery, handset powder blue rayon crepe, it closes with four goldtone metal buttons textured with a diamond pattern.
The skirt has two angled welt pockets in front and a subtle A-line, eased by a single front center pleat. It has a slip lining (attached at the waist only) of the same powder blue rayon crepe as the jacket, and closes to the left back with a nylon zipper.
Jacket label reads: “Davidow, London Paris New York, Made in U.S.A.”; skirt has logo hanger loops.
Founded in 1880 by their father, Davidow (headed by brothers Melville and Archibald) introduced women’s suits to the family firm in the late 1910s and went on to develop their signature topper-and-suit ensemble. The Davidow suit made fashion news each season not because it changed silhouette much, but because of the unique, highest quality fabrics it was made of, not to mention the impeccable tailoring. The Davidows’ friendship with Gabrielle Chanel, which began in the 1920s, led them to make authorized adaptations of some dozen Chanel suit models each season, often in identical fabrics and with the same buttons as the couture originals.
Mel Davidow (the company’s designer) explained his philosophy in a 1966 Philadelphia Inquirer article: “Davidow fabrics are personally selected in the markets of the world to bring to American women exclusive fabrics of pure fibers… Then the fashion grows from the weave… Precision cut, graceful seaming, couture tailoring follow the theme of the fabric. Decorative details, collar treatment, even the carefully selected buttons, follow the fabric lead. The result is a ‘Total Look’ that is Davidow’s hallmark—fine tailoring and detailing, superb fit and vitaminized colors.”
Photo #8 shows some examples of mid- to late 1960s Davidow spring suits, which retailed in those years for between $125 and $175—roughly the equivalent of between $1000 and $1400 in today’s currency.
Photos #4 and #5 show the jacket and skirt on their own, to help you better visualize their potential as luxury separates, in addition to a matched set.
The measurements of this beautifully made suit are:
Jacket bust 36”, shoulders 15”, sleeves 22”, waist 32”, and length shoulder to hem 19.5”.
Skirt waist 26”, hips 34”, and length 23.5”.
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Vintage 1960s Davidow Aqua Tweed Spring Suit S