c.1976 Diane Von Furstenberg Black & White Jumpsuit & Jacket Set
This is a seriously fabulous jumpsuit and jacket from by the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg. Diane moved to New York with her husband, Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg in 1969. She had design aspirations and in 1970 showed her first collection. It was in 1972 that she first debuted her now-iconic 'wrap dress' for the working woman, revolutionizing American women's apparel. By 1976, she had sold 5 million wrap dresses, landed covers of Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal and was a regular within the pages of Vogue. By then she had added the jumpsuit to her line up and they were also a success. She is actually wearing a similar piece in the Vogue reference photo I have included here. and a strikingly similar version appeared in Vogue editorial that year as well.
Girls bought these jumpsuits in droves and wore them to travel, dance in, and pretty much everything else. You do see Diane's dress versions of these pieces from this time period pop up more often then the jumpsuits do, but I am always on the lookout for these as well. They are harder to find but worth the hunt. This one, with its graphic black and white tulip print that is screened onto a soft stretch jersey is wonderful. It has long, lean lines and makes you look and feel supermodel tall in it. The contrasting black and white design covers the fabric from the top of the collar of the jacket to the bottom of that fabulous hem of the pant legs. The print is crisp and it looks fresh and new. I doubt this was ever worn at all. The jacket falls to just past the hip and is cut to fit to the body. It buttons at the front so you can wear it open or closed. The sleeves are long and lean and the collar appropriately pointed for the time period. The original tie belt cinches in the waist and can be worn with the jacket or around the waist of the jumpsuit. The jumpsuit underneath is cut to hug the torso and is scooped at the front and the back. The waist is seamed and the legs are cut straight and long, gradually widening as they hit the hem. The final result is one long, lean, supermodel silhouette. Excellent condition.
The jumpsuit and jacket are unlined. The jacket closes down the front with buttons and comes with it's original matching fabric belt. The jumpsuit has a back set zipper. The jersey has some stretch but the waist is seamed on the jumpsuit so has less give on that particular measurement. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little.
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 29" from neck to hem
Bust: 15.5-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Torso: 31" from top of shoulder to top of inseam
Length: 63.5" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Diane Von Furstenberg in Vogue US, July 1976. / (2) Diane Von Furstenberg Looks in Vogue US, July 1976. /
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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