Exclusive dress-suit dating c.early 1970s by British couture designer Benson Landes. This suit is a quite a rare find so it's perfect for any collector of vintage attire. In brief, Benson Landes began his own label in 1956 and by the 1970s, supplied some of the most prestigious retailers including Harrods and Dickens and Jones. In 1981 he retired in order to concentrate on creating art work and sculptures. There is an example of his clothing design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. Complete measurements and condition notes below. DRESS: Semi fitted bodice with square neckline and darts at the chest. Short inset sleeves. White cotton-blend fabric with horizontal blue stripes. Narrow fabric tie belt, fastening with hook at the back of the waist. Two enclosed hip pockets with striped welts. Hand-sewn rear enclosed zip with hook faster. Fully lined. Generous hem allowance of 2½" (6cm); side seam allowance of 1" (2.5 cm).
JACKET: Single breasted with a rolled collar in navy blue with contrasting striped edge. There are four bound button holes with navy blue buttons, each with a gold-tone centre. Fastens with press-stud at the top. The cuffs are decorated with striped trim and one button; the jacket hem is also edged with the same striped trim. Fully lined including sleeves.
This suit has been hand-finished to a very high standard. I've included interior shots of the dress showing the construction and lining. The fabric quality is superb. Made from pure new wool so it's lightweight and comfortable to wear.
This supremely smart dress suit is perfect for any formal occasion. Team with navy blue hat and matching accessories.
SIZE: The measurements provided are of the actual garment so if you measure smaller, this suit should fit you. Approximate modern day UK 12 (US 8).
Chest 38" (96cm)
Waist 30" (76cm)
Hips 40" (101cm)
Length underarm to hem 36" (91cm)
Length centre back to hem 43" (109cm)
Upper sleeve length 9½" (24cm)
Width across back, shoulder to shoulder 15" (38cm)
Chest 38" (96cm)
Length centre back to hem 21" (53cm)
Upper sleeve length 24" (61cm)
CONDITION: Very good. The fabric is supreme quality with no fading issues, holes or tears. The inside of the jacket collar is lightly marked although not noticeable when worn. There's a tiny faint mark to the front of the skirt and a small area on the front-left skirt (see photographs). There is a small mark on the right sleeve of the jacket and an extremely faint mark on the front bodice of the dress. These marks aren't immediately noticeable and in no way detract from the over all quality and appeal of this garment.
GARMENT CARE: When it comes to dry cleaning, I recommend using a proffesional; one that has experience in dealing with vintage clothing and who is knowledgeable about fabrics.
Read about Benson Landes here: http://www.bensonlandes.com/history.html