Gorgeous dress and jacket set by American couturier Sadie Nemser! The attention to detail and craftsmanship in this set are just exquisite. The dress is sleeveless, and the bodice is made of incredibly intricate beige floral lace. There are crochet buttons up the center, and a mesh slip underneath. The dress has a slightly dropped waist and the skirt portion is made of navy blue satin backed crepe. Its crisp pleats and lines are so pleasing to look at! The jacket has a nautical vibe, with a cute sailor collar. It criss-crosses at the waist, and attaches to buttons on the side of the dress. Sometime in the 30s or 40s, the owner added a side zip closure in the dress and some light shoulder pads in the jacket. You could remove them If you wanted.
Some background on Nemser:
Sadie Nemser was an Austrian Jewish immigrant who rose to prominence in the US as a fashion designer. She sold bespoke clothing out of her NYC boutique and in some upscale department stores as well. She dressed Hollywood starlets, Miss America contestants, and designed First Lady Grace Coolidge’s inaugural gown. In 1928, Nemser was honored by the French government for her efforts to unite the American and French fashion industries. As far as I can tell, Nemser stopped designing sometime during the great depression. But I did find some newspaper articles about her coming out of retirement during WWII to design women’s uniforms (see pics!)
Several examples of Nemser’s work are held in the Met’s collection.
FITS LIKE: xs/s
FLAWS: the lace shoes some all over age related discoloration. It’s mostly obscured by the jacket but honestly, I don’t mind it. I kind of like it when lace looks old! The hip buttons also show some wear but it’s not terribly noticeable when worn.