Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lilli Ann Suit

I have been looking for a vintage suit from the 40s for some time now. Since I'm such a small person, it's difficult to find things that fit me. Usually I can alter things to make them sit better on me, but a suit jacket is something I don't feel like trying to alter too much. But then one day, while searching through Etsy, and ending up at Shanghai Lili's Portmanteau of Pleasure, I found just what I had been looking for - a 40s suit in my size!!! And it gets even better - it's a Lilli Ann suit!

The clothing company Lilli Ann was started in San Francisco in 1933, by Adolph Schuman. He named it after his wife - Lillian - and during the 40s and 50s they were known for their high-quality fabrics and their elaborately designed suits and coats. I have seen pictures of many Lilli Ann suits, and admired the shape and details on all of them. So I have to say I felt quite satisfied when I found one...

It's slightly light-damaged. Probably from hanging in a store window. But it's far from as visible in reality, than on these pictures. If you don't know about it, you probably wouldn't think of it! When I look at these photos I'm not even sure the color shifts you can see in them really are the light-damage, or just my cameras fault...

The suit is made of wool, so it's perfect for fall! And as you can see it came with a short cape to make it even warmer!

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild the label is from late 40s-early 50s. 

The red felt hat is made by Sweden's own sexpert/hat designer Marika Smith, and was part of my payment for working and performing at her burlesque flea market last Saturday. But more about that another day...


  1. This suit is beautiful, it seems to have been made just for you – and the little red cap really makes it 'come alive'...!

  2. I adore the outfit Miss Meadows, what an awesome buy, great photos!

  3. Helt underbar! Sitter som en smäck också :)

  4. love this look and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  5. It's gorgeous doll. I can see the light damage, but if you can't see it so much in person, then it's not to worry on. I think you look marvellous in it and it's great finding something that fits so well :) xoxo

  6. Sjuktsnygg,älskar färgen på den! Letar själv efter en 40-tals kostym i rätt storlek, så vet hur svårt det är att hitta en!

  7. I'm short, so I often struggle to find things that aren't ridiculously long on me! XD So feel your pain in similar way.

    You look gorgeous btw!! :)

  8. So glad you liked it. Such a gorgeous suit. yaaay. It looks gorgeous on you. I am delighted it worked.

    1. Love it! Fitted me perfectly! :D I used it for a shoot a while ago too:


  9. so happy. I love to see my stuff go to good homes. That is a gorgeous shoot too. I will be adding your blog to my daily reading. xx.


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