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Norman Norell Couture Black Tailored Skirt Suit / Sleeveless Top, 1960s


Norman Norrell is one of the most notable American designers throughout history. Indiana born, Norrell was a keen womenswear designer working primarily in gowns but also in clean, tailored looks. Unconstrained by wild novelty, Norrell designs bear with then a subtle grandeur and timeless demeanor. This 1960s Norrell suit is tailored from a matte black slubbed wool.

The distinct texture of the slubbing creates for a contrast between the bias-cut top and the skirt balancing a dynamic and stable feel. The top rises high around the neck and has a softly molded fit throughout the torso ending in an ever-so-slight flounce at the hem. Strong horizontal features of the skirt ground the suit. A double tiered waistband references a 1950s high-waisted mood as the gathered skirt provides an airy volume. This suit is a perfect marriage of femininity and boldness making it perfect for events or the boardroom.

Size estimate: XS/S



Bust: 38 inches

Length: 20 inches


Waist: 24 inches

Hips: 37

Length: 25 inches

This Norrell suit is fully lined in a black silk fabric. The skirt is interlined in order to maintained the skirt’s shape and provide more fullness and closes at the side with a metal zip and hook and eye while the top closes with a centre back zip. The suit also features the original Bergdorf Goodman tag with the original client’s name dating this suit back to 1962.

Professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed this ensemble is in excellent condition. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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