Rare 1940s Fred Block Studded Black Crepe Suit

Studded pieces from the 1940s are almost impossible to find and often examples that you do find will just have a touch or detailing of stud work. This spectacular Fred Block suit is like the holy grail as it is completely covered in hand set silver studs with a denser application of them on the front of the jacket. The cut is perfectly simple and perfectly feminine with a beautifully fitted silhouette. The skirt skims over the hips with the slightest of A-lines. The jacket is cut in a classic forties design with a trim and fitted waist and shoulders that are set square. Over the entire surface of the silk wool crepe are tiny hand set silver studs, each individually placed in prong settings and then hammered flat by hand. They are evenly spaced to completely cover both pieces. When they hit that gray portion of the jackets shoulders they are set in a more dense pattern that really catches the light.  One of the most striking and unusual 1940s suits I have ever had. Excellent condition

The skirt is unlined and closes with a side unpainted metal zipper. The jacket is lined in a silk and closes with fabric covered buttons as shown. Hand finsished and properly finished buttonholes. I see no missing studs.

Sleeves: 20"
Shoulders: 15" across
Bust: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 22" from neck to hem

Waist: 14" flat across the back from seam to seam
Hips: 20" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 24" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1905

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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