Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ann Fleischer Silk Ribbon Fashions

Ann Fleischer designed exquisite dresses, suits, and ensembles from silk and rayon ribbon that was either crocheted, knitted, or woven completely by hand. The dress shown above, in an ad for Neiman Marcus, dates to 1955 and was handknit of silk organza ribbon. Saks Fifth Avenue offered a complete collection of Fleischer suits and dresses in 1964 which sold for $275.00 - $350.00 (about $1937.00 to $2500.00 in today's dollar). If Saks didn't have the color you wanted, you could have a suit or dress custom made for you. By the late 1960's Fleischer was offering men's ties.

Not labeled Fleischer, but still an excellent example of woven ribbonwork, this 1940's suit is available at Couture Allure for $135.00.

8 comments:

Suzanne said...

drat - why does this have to be a small.

i'm curious as to what it's like to wear one of these, temperature wise - does it retain or reflect heat? (i'm thinking of the ventilated knit, the fabric content, and the color)

Deja Pseu said...

I can't help but think about how much labor went into one of these garments. The closeup you've shown is gorgeous work!

Sal said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

And holy cats, the model in that first image has the teensiest waist I've ever seen!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Suzanne, the suit I showed is lined in acetate taffeta, but certainly the outer fabric is not as heavy or warm.

Pseu, all the ribbon-work garments I've had are incredibly intricate.

Sal - You're right! Doesn't it look like she's holding her breath?

Gladys said...

that is gorgeous.

Past Perfect Vintage Clothing said...

These are wonderful. The top one has a fantastic silhouette. I just found my first Ann Fleischer ribbon knit not long ago and I must add the quality is indeed excellent.

Bobbie said...

My daughter in law is her granddaughter and she has a number of these beautiful creations. She is a lovely young woman who looks fabulous in these dresses. They are both truly one of a kind!
Bobbie Newman

Mizlady107 said...

About 15 years ago I found a group of suits at a thrift store. They had to be over at leat forty yrs old at that time. In that group was a cream suit with a mink collar so wonderful that I new why vintage is worshipped by all. It was a silk ribbon/soutache suit. I've only worn it once on Mother's Day and it is a head turner and a treasured piece of my vintage collection.

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