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1930s evening jacket

#2789 $975

Hollywood-style sequined evening jacket, c.1939

Here are the built-up shoulders made popular by MGM designer Adrian in his designs for Joan Crawford (Letty Lynton,1932). The style really took hold after America entered WWII. The shoulder pads signified the self-confident woman who shapes a new identity and a new future for herself.

It was made from black net totally covered with flat black sequins that shimmer and sparkle in the night time of our dreams. The cut is gently shaped and comfortable to wear. I love the wide pointed lapels and long tight sleeves. The smart jacket closes with snaps in front and at the wrists.

The glittering jacket intimates film noir, as in Farewell My Lovely (1940). At the end of the film, detective Philip Marlowe discovers that missing nightclub singer Velma Valento has taken a new identity as wealthy socialite Mrs. Helen Grayle.

Looking out my window on a very clear day, I pictured Mrs. Grayle in this chic jacket: stylish and trendy but also hinting at a mysterious and risqué past. "You could look a long way—but not as far as Velma had gone."

The condition is excellent and wearable.

It measures: 40" bust, 36" waist, 24" sleeve length, 16" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 21" center-back length.

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