#2602 $850Malcolm Starr silk coat and dress ensemble, 1960s
The American ready-to-wear manufacturer Malcolm Starr produced impeccable, elegant fashion during the 1960s and 1970s. His designs, found in up-scale department stores, were popular with well-to-do women who wanted the look without the high price of couture.
The ensemble is fashioned from medium weight, winter white silk shantung. Winter white is the perfect alternative to the little black dress. Winter white can also be dressed up or down with accessories and never goes out of style. The crisp clean lines of the minimalist styling is totally au courant.
As in all Malcolm Starr's work, the finish is exceptional. Both pieces are fully lined with matching synthetic. The dress closes in back with a metal zipper. The coat closes in front with fabric loops and three large rhinestone buttons. There are bands of fur trim on the three-quarter-length sleeves and on the set-in front pockets.
This stylish ensemble brings to mind the clothing worn by the young American expatriates (Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow) in the 1999 film made from Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley. The expatriates had the sort of elegance and ease that comes from money and leisure. They were not afraid to be stylish or artistic—or decadent, for that matter.
The condition is almost excellent. On the coat is one very small pale spot. It is virtually invisible and does not spoil the appearance.
The dress measures: 38" bust, 34" waist, 40" hip, and 35" from shoulder to hem.
The coat measures: 40" bust and waist, 42" hip, 16" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 18" sleeved length, and 36" from shoulder to hem.