Thursday, October 28, 2010

Designer Chester Weinberg

I've talked about Chester Weinberg in the past, but today I want to show you a few more of his pieces. Weinberg trained at Parsons School of Design and worked at Leonard Arkin and Herbert Sondheim before becoming the designer at Teal-Traina in 1963. In 1966, he struck out on his own with financial backing from William and Edward Parnes, son and nephew of designer Paul Parnes. The dress shown above is from his first collection in the Fall of 1966. Bergdorf Goodman carried his line, and this dress sold for $160 (about $1085 in today's dollar).

Weinberg's designs were always exquisitely tailored and he only used the finest fabrics. “Fabrics set the whole mood of my collection. I cannot design a dress until I know what the fabric will be.” said Weinberg. You can see that high quality fabric and tailoring in the suit shown above, also from the Fall of 1966.

For the Fall of 1967, his fabric choices became a bit more bold. Here, a geometric tent shaped coat in black and white wool.

A vibrant black, green and red chinchilla cloth coat is flared and has a heavy brass zipper at the side. Sold for $190 in 1967 (about $1250 in today's dollar).

In the early 70s, the Chester Weinberg company floundered due to poor sales of the midi lengths he offered. In 1973, he found new financial backing and re-emerged to offer this collection centered around cashmere sweaters. The Weinberg label closed in 1975, but he continued to design for the Jones Apparel Group and Ballantyne Cashmere.


lori said...

I love Chester Weinberg's stuff - always modern and frequently very pretty. He's one of my saved searches at Ebay that I scroll through while on hold.

Thanks for the info. I didn't know much about him.

Gladys said...

I went to an estate sale this past weekend. Oh MY! There was just too much vintage fashion overload. This was a woman who was known from the early 50's to the late 80's as Mrs. San Diego. She was a millionaire in her own right by the time she was 30. I digress. What I wanted to say was I FROZE! I bought NOTHING! NOTHING! I think she had some pieces that were from Bergdorf and looked like these. I just need to repeat the mantra WWCAD (what would Couture Allure Do). PS did I mention they were going for $10 and $15 the highest was a full length mink coat for $400?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Wow, Gladys. Sounds like there were some great deals!

Xtabay Liz said...

I am a huge Chester Weinberg fan, one of my all time favorite vintage finds was a coat of his. It was a full length rich brown velvet with a baroque rust print. It was too die for, the buttons on it were enormous amber rhinestone clusters. When the gentleman brought it in my store I just about grabbed it from him and ran to the mirror to try it on. Alas, it was way to small and I ended up selling it. I will try to send you a picture of was seriously breathtaking.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Oooh, it sounds gorgeous, Liz. I can't wait to see it!

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