Original 1987 Danskins Deep Rust Coloured Stretch Jersey Bodysuit & Wrap Skirt
The Danskin label was launched in 1882 in New York City by Joel and Benson Goodman who were brothers. They started the company to create goods specifically for dancers. It grew tremendously and went onto to make dance and activewear for millions of people around the world. It is so rare to find an early and original set in such great condition as these were often worn to death and loved until they fell apart. I have dated it to 1987 from the reference photo I have added that ran in Vogue. In that photo is what looks to be the twin of this body suit .
Both pieces are made from a stretch jersey. The finish of the body suit is slightly different from the skirt. It has a slightly shinier look to it and this gives it a tone that is a slight shade different from the skirt. The body suit slips on and because it stretches it conforms to fit the body. It is scooped low at the front into a plunging V and has seams under the cups. The legs are cut low but not quite into a boy short. Little straps curve up and around the neck and then you cross them over each other at the back and hook them into place on each side. The skirt is a large and long panel of fabric that is cut on a curve. You simply wrap it around you and use the attached long ties to cinch it around the waist. It has lots of movement when on and would have been the perfect thing to walk to and from the dance studio in. Both pieces have the original Danskin label in them. This is a rare and nostalgic find. Excellent condition
The body suit is a medium and the skirt is a small. Both are unlined and slip on to wear. The bodysuit straps hook into place and the skirt wraps and ties. The fabric has stretch.
The dress form that it is on measures 33" bust, 25" waist, 36" hips and is 26" from the shoulder to the inside gusset inseam. The body suit has some stretch and it could accommodate someone smaller that that by a couple of inches, or larger, probably up to an inch or two more. The straps are adjustable and can be made longer or shorter so you can increase or decrease the length as needed
Waist: variable with ties
Length: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference photo: Alberto Rizzo for Vogue (internet sources dated this to 1977 but given that the company formed in 1982 I think it must be 1987)
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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