Navy takes a turn at fall, thanks to the addition of a fur collar. I love navy all year long, even though it is not exactly a “fall” color. It looks especially great with the red stairs.
The blue suit is by designer Anne Klein. In 1957 she was a young designer and was working at Junior Sophisticates. In this issue other young American designers were featured, some of which are familiar names to fashion history lovers: Donald Brooks, Rudi Gernreich, and Anne Fogarty. The photographer took all the shots of the young designer feature in his studio, where the spiral stairs were located.
The “Paris Extra” was interesting, because fall 1957 saw the spread of the infamous “Sack Dress” which had seen its debut in the spring of that year. You can see the influence in a lot of the clothes in this issue, with a less fitted silhouette and that awkward just-above-the-calf length.
Really shocking are the prices of the suit and the accessories. The suit was $125 and both the handbag and the hat were $15 each. That sounds pretty good until the prices are adjusted for inflation. In the 2013 dollar, the suit would be $1005, and the accessories would be $121 each.
Photographer: George Barkentin
Model: Not credited
Copyright: Condé Nast