This vibrant vintage coat and dress set is so gorgeous that it could only be from the one and only I. Magnin.
I. Magnin was founded in 1876 and became one the top luxury goods store in America.
Their heydays were in the late 1930's to the 1940s.
This set is from their first distribution of clothing when they specialized in direct imports of European clothing. Subsequent to that era, they began to to manufacture their own lines in the United States.
When famed designer Christian Dior paid a visit from Paris, he toured the Union Square (California) store, which had already earned the nickname "White Marble Palace", and said "Magnifique!"
The word would later be turned into a high compliment.
The family-owned I. Magnin was sold in 1944, and became buried in mergers and acquisitions, but the original family store was already long gone.
The name was finally retired in 1989.
As you can see, this set is the absolute picture of timeless elegance.
Both jacket and dress are made with divine brocade velvet in a stunning shade of ruby-red.
The jacket has full-length sleeves and a demure Peter Pan collar with beautifully rhinestone-encrusted buttons on the front and cuffs, all of which are original.
The button on the left sleeve is missing two small rhinestones while one button on the front is missing a single rhinestone.
Inside, the jacket is lined with luxurious creamy-white satin. T
This is also where you will find the original manufacturer's tag which reads "I. Magnin & Co., Importers".
The sleek cocktail dress is made of the same divine red brocade velvet. The hem falls to the knee, while the dress form fits for a drop-dead-gorgeous silhouette.
Narrow straps and a plunging scoop-neckline make the dress that much more sexy.
You will find a long, silver-tone zipper hidden on the left side of the dress. It zips to the underarm and culminates at approximately mid hip.
Finally, demure pockets and a matching velvet belt give this beauty added style and functionality.
The interior of the cocktail dress is partially lined with red satin grosgrain.
While the jacket and dress show the most minimal amount of expected wear, we are thrilled to say the ensemble remains in outstanding vintage condition.
They simply don't make clothes the way they used to.
This timeless set is the result of masterful craftsmanship, style, and design.
Measurements: Dress: Bust: 34", Waist: 28", Hips: 35", From underarm to shoulder straps are 11" tall, Straps are 1 1/8" wide at shoulder, Shoulder to shoulder: 19 1/2", Waist to hem: 25" long, Neckline to hem: 36" long, Neckline is approximately 7" deep, Zipper: 22 1/2", Belt: 29 1/2" long and 1" wide (15 oz.) Jacket: Bust: 35 1/2", Waist: 34 1/2", Sleeve length: 21 1/2", Shoulder seam to seam: 17", Collar width: 2 3/8" (1 lb., 8 oz) Total weight: 2 lbs., 7 oz.