Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Jean Muir was one of the great designers of day wear. She always managed to provide fashionable women with sophisticated options that worked well in the daytime and easily transitioned into evening, plus had a "of-the-moment" sensibility with a little street-smart-chic. Muir is a reminder that so many female designers of the 20th Century particularly excelled in day wear: Coco Chanel, Claire McCardell, Bonnie Cashin, and Donna Karan. Whereas many male designers have often triumphed at fantasy concoctions, the female designers above have an oeuvre that is heavy on day wear.

We are going through a large collection of early 70s Jean Muir and our first piece to post is a red suede key hole A-line dress with signature raised seams and a full sleeve that narrows femininely at the wrist. The key hole closes with one of Muir distinctively shaped Bakelite-esque buttons. A dress as easy as this to wear in such a great color is a perfect addition to a closet and fits many a shape on many an occasion.

Jean Muir red suede A-line key hole dress, c. early 1970s. Modern 4 to 6 SOLD

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