Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn, 1950

It's Time to Romance the Suit.

Two of my favorite styles....the fitted jacket with nipped-in waist and a belted jacket that features a dramatic peplum, both worn over a "pencil" slim skirt.  Elegant and sophisticated silhouettes for those cool days ahead.

Actress Gene Marshall wears the drama of a wool OOAK, belted, peplum jacket accented with over-sized pockets and button detailing from The Couture Touch. A wing collar and 3/4 length cuffed sleeves complete this chic ensemble. Muff from Mattel. J'Adore Gene Marshall wears her original black felt hat that has been restyled.

Ivy Jordan, renowned director for Monolithic Studios, dons a recreation of a Pierre Balmain suit by Debora West and styled by The Couture Touch. The double-breasted, fitted jacket features a funnel neckline with tucking detail. The sleeve can be worn as shown or folded back to reveal contrast pink cuffs. Miss Jordan accessorizes her suit with a dramatic black suede hat and coordinating color-blocked clutch, both from The Couture Touch. "Diamond" brooch from Facets by Marcia.

The suit was created based on this Studio Commissary header photo of a Pierre Balmain (1914-82) design. His designs echo his architectural background and tended to favor a narrow silhouette for his tailored suits.

Moss Rose Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.
J'Adore Gene Marshall is the FDQ Exclusive BJD from Mel Odom and JamieShow.


  1. Oh Melissa, how I adore your creations! And how I wish you sewed for the rest of us!! Hee! Does Debora sell her creations? I love suits and this one is smashing! Please let me know and how I can contact her. Thanks so much, Megin

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Megin. Debora's suit was a Studio Commissary Exclusive a couple of months ago. She did a marvelous job. I don't know if she has a website. Melissa

  2. Hi Melissa,

    I love your blog!

    I even used several of your photos as outfit inspiration for a post on my vintage fashion blog. I hope it's okay. I did give you credit and links, but I didn't see your disclaimer until I looked on the right side of the blog. So, what do you think?

    1. Isn't Madra great? Just don't tell Gene. LOL. Thank you so much for your interest and I loved your blog. I so appreciate your support. Melissa

  3. So elegant, I love these suits!!! Lovely pictures as always :-). xx