This is a very nice quality vintage “swing” jacket made by Montreal couturier Lillian Farrar. Lillian Farrar dressed Montreal society during the 1950s and 60s and other examples that I’ve had of hers have always been of excellent quality and design - more on her further down. This jacket is made with a wide collar that can be worn up or down, wrist length “bracelet” sleeves that are raglan cut, with a flare to the hemline that creates a “swing” effect. There is a semi-circular slash pocket built into either side and the jacket is fully lined in brown satin. The sleeve is structured with a lengthwise seam and a notched construction close to the cuff - unusual technique not often seen. There are no closures on the jacket
Age: early 1950s. This has design elements of the “New Look”
Label: Lillian Farrar Montreal Creation. This is an earlier Lillian Farrar label. Farrar started off as a seamstress during the 1940s. She started on St Lawrence St., moved to a suite in the Ritz Carlton and then, in 1946, she opened her first salon, located right downtown on fashionable Peel Street in Montreal, next to the Mount Royal Sheraton Hotel. By 1957 she had grown her business to 400 regular clients and had a reputation for being ahead of the trends, even introducing styles before the Paris fashion houses. She designed a coat for Princess Elizabeth, prior to her becoming Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of the Royal Visit to Canada in 1951.
Color: Dark brown with a gold fleck
Material: Bouclé wool
Sizing: No size is indicated, but it should fit a medium - please rely on the following measurements for fit:
Sleeves: 26” long from the neck seam
Bust: 42” around note that there is an inset at the armpit, and the measurement is taken with a slight overlap at the front
Hemline: 76” around
Length: 32”, measured flat
Condition: It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odors. This looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years.
This is a beautifully designed and constructed swing jacket - definitely made by someone with superior skills. Lillian Farrar is not well known, but should be a part of any Canadian fashion collection - great jacket!