Let’s focus on the dress.
And who wouldn’t whisper compliments to the girl in the holly-berry red dress? Heavily textured lace overlays satin for a party dress that’s bare of shoulder but covered of arm. By Suzy Perette in Liberty cotton lace over acetate satin. About $35. Shoes by Herbert Levine.
Suzy Perette was not an actual person. It was the name of one of the labels owned by Lombardy Frocks, which was located in the Garment District of New York City. The owner of Lombardy, Max Blauner, would buy the rights to reproduce dresses from Paris designers. Dior was a favorite, and you can see Dior’s influence in this lovely dress.
Suzy Perette was considered to be a moderately priced line, and it was marketed toward young career women. The $35 price tag does seem to be moderate, but in the 2013 dollar, the price is closer to $300.
By looking at the photo, even the original cover, I would never have guessed the dress was lace. Thank goodness for the “On the cover’ feature.
Models: Not credited
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