We proudly present this rare and beautiful 1960's Sybil Connolly couture tweed wool suit, fashioned in the box cut style so popular in that decade. This suit is made from red Irish tweed, one of the few fabrics the world-renowned designer would ever use. The suit is fully lined in crimson silk lining and was made with the finest couture techniques.
The jacket has 8 panel construction with princess seams front and back. Rolled notch collar. Faux patch pockets. 3/4 length sleeves. The hem is stayed with 6 weights sewn into the hemline. There are three lovely Irish crochet buttons, a detail Ms. Connolly was known for in her designs as a tribute to her beloved Ireland.
The skirt has an A-line design. There are two lapped metal zippers on each side and a faced waistband that is finished with a black grosgrain ribbon, hanger loops and 8 large hook & eye fasteners; four on each side. It has raised princess seams that give the appearance of piping for added definition. The skirt has a two inch hand-stitched hem. I pinned it in one of the photos to show how it would look as a pencil skirt; it would be an easy alteration that creates a much sleeker, more modern look if so desired.
Sybil Connolly designs are highly sought after and her work is respected the world over. She is known as Ireland's very own Coco Chanel. Jacqueline Kennedy chose a Sybil Connolly design when she had her official portrait painted for The White House. As the early 1970's rolled around, Ms. Connolly refused to succumb to the latest trends. She once said "There comes a time in everyone's life as a designer when you have to decide whether you want to create the beautiful or the merely fashionable. Sadly, there can be a conflict between the two."
Era: Early 1960's
Label: Sybil Connolly Dublin
"Pippin" Size 10 100% New Wool Lining 100% Pure Silk Other Fibres Made in Eire
Designer's Shop / Jordan Marsh / Boston
Measurements: Jacket: Bust: 34" / Waist: 34" / Underarm to Hemline: 10.75" / Shoulder/Back Width: 17.5" / Sleeve Length: 17.5" / Jacket Length: 20.5"
Skirt: Waist: 24" / Hips: 36" / Skirt Length: 25.5"
FABRIC: 100% New Wool ~ Lining 100% Pure Silk ~ Other Fibres
CONDITION: Excellent. There are a few small holes in the silk lining close to the hemline of the jacket, under the left arm and a pinprick hole under the right arm on the lining. There is the slight hint of fading under the arms on the lining. The bottom button on the jacket is coming loose, but they are sewn on in the braided button stem technique which I am not skilled at and will leave to the buyer to secure. The rest of the suit is in excellent to mint condition.