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Designer and Vintage Skirt Suits

It could be argued that vintage skirt suits have a very long and illustrious history.  When we look back in time, we think of dresses being the chief garment for women of the 18th and 19th centuries.  However, some of the most dashing examples of women’s dress from these centuries have included a beautifully tailored jacket and skirt and we just need to see the historically inspired collections of designers such as Vivienne Westwood to see the proof.  In the 20th century skirts suits have been worn in every form to every occasion from office to everyday, evening to wedding (Wearing a perfectly sculpted skirt suit can give you and instantly stylish outfit which is disarmingly formal and yet retains a feminine edge.  We only have to look to cinema to see the full effect of a perfectly placed skirt suit from Kim Novak in severe late 1950s grey in Vertigo to Alicia Silverstone in 1990s tartan kitsch in Clueless.  

Tailoring cloth to the female form is a true art form.  Designer skirt suits can enhance, distort, reveal and conceal while maintaining a balance and control.  Power suiting is something often attributed to the 1980s with designers such as Thierry Mugler, nipping in waists and boosting shoulders to the max.  However, these shapes find their true origin in the 1940s when suits were de riguer as day wear for women.  Designers such as Hardy Amies used wools and silks to create ultra-wearable and practical, yet elegant skirt suits for their town and country dwelling customers.  Vintage skirt suits of this period feature vampish shoulder structure, shaped waists and moulded hips with neat, cloth saving, skirts.  When Christian Dior launched his ‘New Look’ in 1947 and the iconic skirt suit photographed by the Seine, the departure from the 40s style is clear with ultra-feminine soft shoulders, corseted wasp waist and a full pleated midi length skirt.  So whether you are looking for high glamour or figure enhancing elegance, the 1940s and 1950s have plenty to offer.

Having spent the early years of her career in the 1920’s battling against the corseted Edwardian creations of the past, for Coco Chanel, these 1950s suits were a step back.  Chanel was all about making clothes wearable.  Her jackets had arms specifically set higher than average with narrower sleeves.  As she said: ‘A skirt is made for crossing the legs and an armhole for crossing the arms.’  We are fairly certain that deportment guides of the period would have disagreed with the former (ankles only ladies) and questioned the latter but it shows the no-nonsense and independent attitude Chanel applied to herself and her customer.  Her simple collarless skirt suits with contrast braid trims were designed primarily with comfort in mind and always look impeccable with their chain weighted hemlines.  Today the most iconic, imitated and popular items of clothing ever produced by the brand.  Really great tailoring never loses style so take a look at the Open for Vintage skirt suit collection to find fabulous vintage suits from every decade.

 

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Hermes Printed Silk Coat, Waistcoat and Maxi Skirt Ensemble - 21st Century

Hermes Printed Silk Coat, Waistcoat and Skirt Ensemble.
CHF 3 235.05

Chanel 1990s Cream Silk 2 Piece Suit With Grosgrain Trim UK Size 8

This 1990s Chanel cream silk 2-piece suit with grosgrain trim is in exceptional condition
CHF 1 099.92

Gianni Versace S/S 1999 Top & Skirt as Worn by Kate Moss Size XS

An iconic Gianni Versace Couture skirt suit from Spring/Summer 1999, a runway piece as worn by Kate Moss.
CHF 1 740.46

Yves Saint Laurent F/W 1976/77 Skirt Suit Size S

A rare and fabulous skirt suit from Yves Saint Laurent's Fall/Winter collection 1976/77. The set comprises a pleated midi skirt and a ribbed long cardigan.
CHF 1 015.81

Unworn Carven Paris Pink Cotton Skirt Suit

Carven Paris Baby Pink Quilted Cotton 2 Piece Jacket & Skirt Suit
CHF 258.80

Genny Navy Blue vintage Blazer & Pencil Skirt Set

Genny Italian Vintage Navy Blue Suit Blazer & Pencil Skirt suit
CHF 482.15

Andrea Odicini 1980s Tweed Green Vintage Skirt Suit

Andrea Odicini Italian Vintage Green Tweed Suit Coat & Skirt Set
CHF 482.15

Dolce & Gabbana Herringbone Wool Blend Grey Vintage Skirt Suit Set

Vintage Dolce & Gabbana herringbone wool blend skirt suit set in grey comprising of a pencil skirt and a velvet collar blazer.
CHF 428.58

Yves Saint Laurent Electric Blue Vintage Wool Skirt Suit

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent skirt suit in electric blue wool comprising of a blazer and a skirt.
CHF 303.58

Versace Wool Medusa button 3 Piece ivory vintage Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit set

Versace Ivory Wool 3 Pieces Set Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit
CHF 875.02

Prada Italian Boucle Tweed Wool Suit Red Vintage Blazer & Skirt Suit

Prada Italian Red Boucle Tweed Wool Suit Blazer & Skirt
CHF 625.01

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Green Velvet Evening 3 Piece Set

An incredible and very rare Yves Saint Laurent evening set from the late 1970s, c. Russian Collection era.
CHF 3 422.68

Chanel 1990s Cream Wool Skirt Suit

Vintage 1993 Chanel double breasted wool skirt suit with gilt buttons
CHF 1 488.12

Max Mara 1990s Green Wool Skirt Suit

Max Mara jacket and skirt, in pure wool green , jacket with buttons closure with two side pockets
CHF 148.81

Egon Von Furstenberg 1980s Red Skirt Suit

Vintage 1980s Egon Von Furstenberg suit with a red jacket and skirt made from warm cotton with gold-coloured buttons
CHF 161.75

Egon Von Furstenberg 1980s Black Wool Skirt Suit

Egon Von Furstenberg skirt suit with contrast scalloped white lapels and pocket fronts
CHF 278.21

Krizia 1980s Animal Series Leopard Print Brown Knitted Skirt Suit

Very rare vintage Krizia suit with a long knitted cardigan and matching knitted skirt
CHF 245.86

Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Baroque Print Beige Skirt and Top Set

Gianfranco Ferré jersey short sleeve skirt and blouse set
CHF 375.27

Fendi 365 1980s Blue Wool Skirt Suit

1980's Fendi 365 skirt and jacket suit with a diagonal button front and gathered drop waist skirt
CHF 427.03

Ungaro Emanuel 1980s Wool Blue and Green Check Skirt Suit

Emanuel Ungaro skirt suit with a long line collarless jacket with front patch pockets
CHF 472.32

Gai Mattiolo 1980s Wool Boucle Yellow and Blue Check Skirt Suit

Gai Mattiolo 1980s vintage suit of rare beauty, composed of a jacket and skirt with decorative buttons shaped as golden bows with swarovski stones
CHF 621.13

Thierry Mugler 1990s Slashed Shoulder Black Silk Skirt Suit

Vintage Mugler black silk skirt suit with open slashed shoulders
CHF 711.71

Chanel Boutique Couture 1980s Pink and Black Wool Skirt Suit

Classic Chanel skirt suit in wool with black trim and back and gold tone buttons
CHF 1 518.79

Moschino Cheap & Chic 1980s Dark Green Skirt Suit

Moschino Cheap & Chic dark green skirt suit with a collarless jacket edged with a double row of gold tone Moschino medallion buttosns
CHF 741.60

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