It's always nice to sparkle and with this 3pc. suit ensemble, there is no question that you will! Typical of the American designer, Adele Simpson who was born to Latvian immigrants in 1903, this outfit possesses the qualities that she adored......fine materials (especially silk from the Far East), conservative yet feminine, current trends of the times and practical and well made clothing for the busy woman who finds herself frequently in the public eye. Adele took the fashions of French Couture and incorporated them into ready to wear fashions that were often sold at the most upscale department stores......B. Altman, Bonwit Teller and Saks Fifth Avenue just to name a few. She was a Post WWII fashion leader and her numerous famous clients included many First Ladies.....Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalyn Carter and Barbara Bush, as well as the modern woman who needed comfortable but fashion forward clothes. Adele liked to speak of them as "Realistic Fashions" and she designed these clothes for well over 50 years. She retired in 1985 and her daughter and son-in-law assumed the operations of the business until they sold the company in 1991.....thus, the end of the Adele Simpson clothing line. But, true to her belief in giving to the fashion world the best that she could offer, in 1978, she donated her vast collection of fashion items to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Adele passed away in 1995.
This particular 3pc. outfit which consists of a blouse, skirt and jacket is from the latter part of Ms. Simpson's career, although she often liked to design these types of ensembles because she thought that it made it easier for a woman to convert from day to night affairs if she could add a dressy jacket to a blouse and skirt. Of course, this one is just plain dressy and most likely wouldn't be suitable for the office! But, then again, who's to say? The blouse is the softest and airiest material with long sleeves which close with three small fabric covered buttons. The sleeves are slightly full and puffed at the shoulder seams and there are small shoulder pads sewn into each shoulder. The front is pleated with nine pleats on each side of the front opening and the blouse closes with seven fabric covered buttons and one snap at the top. The neckline is finished with a Peter Pan collar. Oh, by the way, the material used in this blouse is listed as 72% Silk and 28% Polyester. Only one word for this blouse......Brilliant!
On to the skirt.....the material used in both the skirt and over jacket are listed as 71 % Silk and 29% Polyester and is still a lightweight material although because of the raised pattern, it appears to be a much heavier brocade type material.....but it's not heavy at all....just has that weighty appearance. The skirt is gathered ever so slightly at the waist for just the right fullness and closes at the side with a nylon zipper and hook closure. The skirt is fully lined with an ivory lining.
And, finally, the jacket, which can be worn over the blouse and skirt (or with separates, you always have the option of wearing the pieces with other things in your wardrobe thereby affording more versatility) is made from the same pretty gold metallic brocade material as the skirt and is not heavy or cumbersome at all. The sleeves are long and have the slightest bit of gather at the shoulder seams. There is no cuff on the coat, but instead six rows of attractive top stitching which, also, appears around the collar (rounded), the flap of material where the button holes are aligned, the area of material where the buttons are sewn, on the tops of the two pockets on the front of the jacket and on the bottom of the jacket. There is quite a lot of top stitching which makes for another nice detail on this garment. Speaking of buttons, the eight buttons which fasten the front of the jacket are exquisite.....each containing an aurora borealis rhinestone. There are two seams at the top of the shoulder area on both sides of the back of the jacket. Finally, this jacket is, also, fully lined with the same ivory colored material used to line the skirt and does have shoulder pads sewn into each shoulder. This outfit is fabulously golden.....it's impossible for the photos to do it justice and capture it's shining brilliance!
This ensemble does not appear to have been worn very often. There's really very few comments to make on any existing issues. The blouse could have been worn more, as the designer label shows some evidence of this with some slight soiling. The underarm areas in the jacket may have the faintest bit of soiling.....I can't be sure on this as this almost appears to be the brocade of the jacket showing through the lining....the underside of the brocade is amazingly pink! Overall, very clean and ready to wear for the holidays or any special occasion.
Label: Adele Simpson, New York, Made in Hong Kong
Contents Label Reads in Jacket and Skirt: 71% Silk, 29% Polyester, Dry Clean and in the Blouse: 72% Silk, 28% Polyester, Dry Clean
There is, also, another label in the Jacket which is directly over the Adele Simpson label which indicates the store where this outfit was originally sold: Isaacson's, Atlanta
Blouse (Measurements Taken While Buttoned)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 15"
Inner Arm: 17"
Outer Arm: 24 ½"
Circumference of Wrist Opening: 7"
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 26 ½"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 45" (Laid Out Flat-Not Buttoned)
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 27 ½"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 46"
Jacket (Measured While Buttoned)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17"
Inner Arm: 16 ½"
Outer Arm: 24 ½"
Circumference of Wrist Opening: 12"
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 28"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 44"
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