Circa 1969-1971 black wool crepe evening pantsuit pairs a wing-collared tunic with tailored, flared trousers, with both pieces rhinestone-accented for just the right touch of starlight bling.
Double rows of clear rhinestones (in black metal settings) trim the collar and turn-back cuffs of the tunic and the hem of the trousers, on which they also form faux “belt loops” at the bandless waist. They define the tunic waist as well, in the form of a slender, 48” long tie sash.
The tunic closes in back with a nylon zipper; pants have a side metal zipper. Other than a bra-shaped facing of linen-like rayon in the top front of the tunic, both pieces are unlined.
Evening pantsuits became popular in the very late 1960s, after a period in which they were thought scandalously inappropriate. One 1969 newspaper article describes a Washington socialite, bored with “safe” and “proper” attire, who had created a “hullaballoo” the year before when she wore an evening pantsuit to a charity ball; in 1969, however, she made the best dressed list.
No labels; outfit appears to have been very nicely home- or dressmaker-sewn, with overcast seams and ribbon-taped hems.
Measurements are: Tunic bust 35”, shoulders 14.5”, waist 32”, width across hem 38”, shoulder seam to bottom of cuff 22”, and length shoulder to hem 22.5”. Pants waist 26”, hips 32”, rise 13.5”, inseam 27”and length down side seam 39”.
Excellent condition, with no flaws to note.
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