Vintage early to mid-1960s daffodil yellow skirt suit from Vera Maxwell is fashioned of cashmere-soft, lightweight wool. The glorious color of the tweed--vibrant yet not harsh--is the result of subtly interwoven white yarn flecking the fabric.
The suit pairs a collarless, open jacket with a trim pencil skirt, though each piece would make a striking and versatile separate.
Piped in pale yellow wool crepe along the placket, the jacket has three-quarter sleeves, side seam pockets, and gusseted underarms to ease motion. The skirt has front hip darts for shaping, a side metal zipper (with hooks and eyes at the top), pinked seams, and a back kick pleat.
Jacket has a hand-set matching rayon satin lining; skirt is lined in the seat only.
Labelled “Vera Maxwell Originals” inside the right front of the jacket, the suit has logo-printed hanger-loops in the skirt, as well as store labels on both pieces which read: “Hathaway House, Laconia, New Hampshire”. Hathaway House was a women’s specialty shop open from the late 50s through the 70s).
A pioneer of women’s sportswear (along with designers like Bonnie Cashin, Carolyn Schnurer, and Claire McCardell), Vera Maxwell launched her signature company in 1947, though she had been designing to critical acclaim since the 1930s. A five year stint as a ballet dancer (with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet) informed her motion-conscious approach to designing throughout her career, and so strong was her conviction that fashion ought to have a timelessness to it that a showing of her spring 1964 collection (entitled “Guess the Year”) included designs from up to two decades earlier—still beautiful, and still viable as wearable fashion. Her garments (like this one) were typically fashioned in high quality, unusual fabrics she travelled globally to source.
Jacket bust 36”, shoulders 14.5”, sleeves 18.5” and length center back to hem 22”. Skirt waist 25”, hips 32”, and length 24.5”.
This spring-perfect suit is in excellent condition, little or never used.
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