Thursday, October 07, 2010

Who Doesn't Love Lilli Ann?

Really, how can you not love suits and coats from Lilli Ann? The company, owned by Adolph Schuman, was best known for it's dramatic suits and coats, especially those produced in the 1950s. Those same coats and suits still command high prices today, and are highly prized by both collectors and vintage fashion wearers. Here are a few ads for Lilli Ann that I'm sure will convince you:

1954 suit in a fabric called "Bamboo", a blend of silk chiffon, mohair, and worsted wool. The suit came in blue, cognac, fawn, green, and violet and had big rhinestone adornments at the sleeves. Sold in 1954 for $100.00 (about $817.00 in today's dollar).

Also from 1954, this princess coat was fashioned of a blend of wool and Alaskan seal, with velvet accents. Came in black, red, cognac, natural, and purple. Sold in 1954 for $100.00 (about $817.00 in today's dollar).

From 1956, an extravagant swing coat with a huge sweep, fashioned of black and white tweed accented with black velvet. Sold in 1956 for $100.00 (about $808.00 in today's dollar).

From 1958, a beige linen suit with a detachable fox fur stole. Sold in 1958 for $100.00 (about $760.00 in today's dollar).

Finally, from 1959, a wool crepe suit with dramatic ruffle detail and a large jeweled button. Available in pink, pale blue, coral, turquioise, beige, navy, and white. Sold in 1959 for $70.00 (about $529.00 in today's dollar).


casey said...

What I always love about Lilli Ann is that there is some theatrical/dramatic element of each garment that really glamorizes it and sets it apart from the crowd! :)

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Renée T. Bouchard said...

Wow- those suits and coats are spectacular! Thanks for posting them! :)

lori said...

A male friend came back from a Julia Child party, smitten with the vintage clothes some of the women were wearing. He was particularly taken with a coat one woman had on but was fretting because he couldn't remember the name of the manufacturer and he was certain it was someone I'd want to add to my collection. Lilli Ann? asked I. Yep. Yep. Yep. He wondered how I got it right with the first guess. :)

Audi said...

Gah, this reminds me of the beautiful Lilli Ann coat dress that I foolishly passed up at a vintage expo. I vowed if I ever came across something so beautiful again I'm going to buy it, no matter how much it costs. Lilli Ann pieces are truly stunning in their tailoring, quality, and style.

Jen O said...

Ah HAH! Thanks for sharing these ads. That last suit is in my personal collection (in creamy aqua). It is a perfect blend of no nonsense tailoring and feminine curves.
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Kiley B. said...

I have an amazingly beautiful Lilli Ann dress and topcoat that, alas, no longer fits. I am looking for a collector that might be interested. Do you have any tips? I can not find anything at all like it to compare it to.

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