French silk velvet jacket, 1930s
Fashion in the 1930s retreated from the hard edge, streamlined modernism of the late 1920s to a softer, more feminine look. This shapely and stylish jacket from the upscale Blum Store in Philadelphia is an excellent example of the trend.
The jacket is fashioned from luxuriously soft black silk velvet. The shawl collar of butterscotch silk velvet ties at the back of the neck. The gracefully draped skirt of the jacket is bias cut. The ivory silk lining features a set-in pocket with bows on each end. The jacket closes in front with one self-covered button at the waist. The jacket is approximately 2" longer in back.
The luxe jacket brings to mind the clothing favored by the young American expatriates (Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow) in the film The Talented Mr. Ripley. The expatriates had the sort of elegance and ease that comes from money and leisure. They were not afraid to be stylish or artistic—or decadent for that matter.
The condition is excellent and wearable.
It measures: 40" bust, 36" waist, 44" hip, 14 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 25" sleeve length, and 25" from shoulder to front hem.