Important c1963 Rudi Gernreich Striped Unmatched Collar Suit
This particular suit has an interesting provenance. The Revolvy website tells the story best so I have re-printed it for you:
"In 1963, Gernreich won two major awards: in May he received Sports Illustrated's Sporting Look Award and in June he was awarded the Coty American Fashion Critics Award. The Coty Award stirred a controversy when the first recipient of the award, Norman Norell, gave his Coty Award back as a protest against Gernreich's recognition. Norell told Women's Wear Daily, "It no longer means a thing to me. I can't bear to look at it anymore. I saw a photograph of a suit of Rudi's and one lapel of the jacket was shawl and the other was notched—well!" He blamed the vote on "jury members from Glamour and Seventeen who don't get around to high fashion collections responsible for the Gernreich vote." In response to Heller's protest, the Bonwit Teller department store ran a half-page ad with the headline: "Rudi Gernreich, we'd give you the Coty Award all over again!"
This is the suit that was the center of all that controversy. You can see the collar is rounded on one side and notched on the other - the quirky detail that made Norell so upset. Other then that unusual detail the suit is typical of ots day with its slightly boxy, cocoon cut jacket and long slim skirt. The fabric is a light weight, red wool with a block striped creating length. The jacket has large black buttons to play on that stripe and I love the three pocket detailing at the front. At the back sits a little band to add detail to the back and emphasize the slight fullness there.The skirt is long and slim. It is very chic and hardly the stuff of scandal and yet it was. Excellent condition.
Both pieces are fully lined in a red tissue silk and the inner seams under the lining are ribbon finished. All three pockets are functional, if shallow, and silk lined. It buttons at the front and all button holes are properly finished. The skirt closes with a painted metal zipper. Well made with hand finishes
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.