Exquisitely tailored jacket and skirt, fully lined in near mint condition and a nice larger size. Label: bellciano new york, marian wolf chicago jetta mountain inc.
Bellciano was one of the lines of the dave bellsey company, inc. David bellsey was born in russia, arrived in ny in 1892.Was active from at least 1936, with coat design patents registered as of 1945. By 1951, dave's son robert bellsey is noted as the maker of bellciano coats and suits, was president by 1954. In the 1950s, several designers were credited, including joset walker, leo decrenza and donald norris along with collaborations with french houses such as paquin and jacques heim.
In 1954 dave bellsey brought out a line of coordinated separates. The bellsey lines were carried across the us in stores such as addis (syracuse) , mabley and carew (cincinnati), j. Haggarty (la) , bergdorf goodman, ll berger (buffalo), halle bros. (cleveland), and joseph horne (pittsburgh).In 1950s ads, montreal and melbourne locations are noted as well as new york. They continued to produce quality women's clothing into the 1960s. David bellsey died in 1968, robert in 1970. Jacket has notched collar, can be worn without an undergarment, bracelet length sleeves, very high quality with expert tailoring details. Linen-like weave, possibly a silk blend, lining of a high quality synthetic.
Lovely red and orange rose print, outlined in black, with tiny gray leaves. No fabric or size label present.
Bodice front has nipped waist and deep side front darts; asymmetrical side seaming for wonderful shaping and fit. Bodice back has two shoulder darts and a gathered, elastic band at waist for extra fit. Each end of band sports a fabric bow so cute.Front closure with three bound buttonholes and large 1 1/4 original green buttons. Between middle and lower buttons, and just below bottom button are hook/thread eyes to close those little gaps that between buttons. Jacket hem is weighted to help keep its shape - we love that. Skirt has three (really) waist darts on each side of center front for extra fit, as well as two waist darts on each side of center back. 7 metal zipper with hook/eye closure. 7 kick pleat with unusual under panel to prevent slip peek-through while still allowing room for movement topped with black velvet piece to prevent slit-splitting that often happens with kick pleat. Fully lined, lining also darted.
Lower edge (ends above hipline) - 38 buttoned. Broadest measurement across shoulder blade - 17. Very well tailored and shaped, a bit of give due to gathered back band at waist. No holes, tears, rips, stains, holes, missing stitches, buttons or other pieces, odors.
Velvet kick pleat piece we believe was added later. On our initial examination, we noted three small spots on inner lining, but we could not find them later. We'll change the listing if we find them, noted for disclosure. Original buttons and zipper, which works beautifully.
This item is made of silk blend and metal zipper, velvet, hooks eyes, lining, buttons. The style is mid century and modern.