Early 1960s Tina Leser Printed Silk Twill Extra Wide Leg Pant & Top Set

Tina Leser became known for her use of fabrics and designs that were inspired by non-Western ideals. She traveled the world and her love for all of the places that she went shone through her designs. The label on this set was the one used from roughly 1953 to 1966 and I suspect this piece was designed around the turn of 1960. During that time period she was known for these top and pant sets. From my understanding these were sold separately so her clients could mix and match. She was greatly inspired by her travels and the exotic feel of the far east shows through in this design that we have here.

More then anything I love the extreme width of the pants in this set. At first glance you would think that it is a full length skirt. It is not until you start to move that anyone will realize that it is actually extra wide pants. Both the pants and the top are light in weight. I know it looks like it should not be with that intricate pattern making it appear like it is a brocade or something along that line, but the fabric is actually a beautiful, light silk twill that is then backed in another layer of silk. The pattern is fantastic. The intricate design covers ever square inch and you can see how the top and pant have a matching design where they meet. It did not fit my dress form exactly and the pattern will line up even more on a person wearing it in the correct size. The top zips up the back and the front has a high neckline above a row of working buttons that runs down the front. The sleeves are long and finished in a buttoned cuff. I love how the width you see in the pants is created by a series of sharp pleats that are closed and sewn for a form fitting waist and hip, and then open to give all that volume you see in the legs. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition.

Both pieces are fully lined in an orange silk except for the sleeve of the top that are unlined. The top closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The pants zip and hook to close. Each cuff buttons with a silk covered button and loop and the same type of buttons run down the front.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22.5" from neck to hem

Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from waist to hem with 2.25" turned up
Inseam: 29.5"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3425

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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