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*Reserved for Rhonda until February 13

This is one of my top three favorite items in my wardrobe. After collecting for 30 years, a collector's taste changes and collectors tend get very picky about what they collect.

In all those years, I never changed my mind about this glorious 1940's chocolate brown beaded suit. It was magnificent in the 1940's, fantastic when I actually purchased it and it's still absolutely magnificent today.

This suit is COUTURE, through and through. The suit color is a dark brown chocolate, and its wonderful cut insures that everyone, from across the room knows you have a special curvy figure and good taste to match. I believe the material is wool, and the jacket is lined in crepe. The collar has a traditional flat single notch design, and a triple button closure.

The beading, oh the beading! it's what makes this suit so elegant and rich in design. There is scrollwork detailing both sides of the front of the jacket, and the beading design is matched so that it simply rolls into the jacket pocket design. The design for the jacket pockets is large and unmatched in beauty - indicative of the mid-century 1940's design. As if that weren't enough, William Segal designed the dress to peek through the jacket, detailing the flower.

The shape of the jacket is high-fashion 1940's: padded shoulders, hourglass seaming to show off your figure and fantastic high-end finished shoulders which make your waist appear smaller. The jacket materials are either wool or blended wool, lined with crepe.

The matching covered buttons are also sewn down the front of the jacket, and the jacket is lined in crepe. The interior is in excellent condition.

The dress is classic A-line construction, with a zipper at the side of the waist. The dress has two button closure at the back of the neck. The dress is not lined. The top of the dress is crepe, to match the interior of the jacket. The bottom of the dress is either wool or blended wool, very soft. As previously mentioned, the beaded floral embellishment is front and center on the dress, meant to peek through the jacket lapels. There are cap sleeves, and a graduated curvy cut to the dress.

The designer is marked William Segal. According to my research, there was only one William Segal (1905-2000) who could have designed this dress during the 1940's. He was a renaissance man, doing everything from philosophy to poetry to Eastern Religions during the 1940's - 1950's. He was a major influence of fashion during these eras, and had his own men's publication during this time: Men's Reporter, American Fabrics and Gentry. He was a very interesting, if unknown influence of fashion, and I would highly recommend you read this article which sums up his history very nicely:

This suit is one-of-a-kind and you can be guaranteed that you will look stunning in it for many years.

Estimated Value: $1400+, due to the scarcity and condition of this item. Price has been lowered to reflect condition.

Jacket measurements
Inside shoulder seam: 17"
Bust: Up to 40"
Waist: 28"
Sleeve: 24"
Top of neck seam to bottom of jacket: 26.6"

Dress measurements
Shoulder to shoulder (approximate) 16"
Waist: 28"
Bust: Up to 40", but for best fit, up to 36" bust is recommended
Length: 49"
Hips: ___"

Condition: There is a bit of wear to the suit, with minor flaws. There is one pin-point hole in the jacket, a few small smudges and one underarm perspiration stain, which should come out with cleaning. No belt. Neither the suit or the jacket have been cleaned, and they have a bit of dust from storage. A few missing beads, and contrasting beads are sewn on the outfit**, and there are a couple loose beaded strands on the dress.

**It's my understanding that the contrasting beads are sewn into the applique intentionally, so that the pattern can be lined up correctly.

Weight: 4 pounds, shipped via Priority Mail with insurance. Signature will be required.

Item ID: BR-84

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1940's Beaded Suit of Brown Chocolate and Woman's Peach Crepe and Brown Soft Wool Beaded Vintage Dress by William Segal OOAK BR-84


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: buttons, padding, fabric, thread, shoulder pads, wool, crepe, label, zipper, beads, bead
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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