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Ensemble - Cape and Skirt

Ensemble - Cape and Skirt

Date: 1960
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Daytime cape and skirt ensemble of black and white wool tweed. a) Cape of black and white wool tweed. Round, collarless neckline with hook & eye closure. Four welt pockets. Opening, neckline and pocket welts bordered in black wool jersey knit. Lined in black fabric. Combined designer/retailer label at center back neckline: "Neiman-Marcus Dallas / Traina-Norell" b)Skirt of black and white wool tweed. Slightly A-line; below knee length. Center front opening with 9 circular, black plastic buttons with raised edges and bound buttonholes. Inner waistband of black grosgrain ribbon with hook & eyes. Waist of skirt is supported with 5-1/2" band of black quilted fabric. Unlined.
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Cocktail Dress

Cocktail Dress

Date: 1968
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Cocktail dress of heavy blue/green aqua silk. Knee-length, with high standing collar and long sleeves which gather into zippered cuffs. Collar, sleeves, and hem with wide bands of mirrored rhinestone beads/sequins. Attached sash/belt at waist. Center-back zipper, with hook-and-eye at collar. Lined in lighter material of the same color. Designer's label sewn inside skirt: "Norman Norell / New York" Designer's model label (?) sewn inside skirt: "18101-180-12" Union label sewn inside skirt.
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Shell Top

Shell Top

Date: 1960/1968
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Shell top of red silk gaberdine. Sleeveless with mandarin collar. Center back zipper. Lined in red silk. Unhemmed bottom. Labels at left side seam: Union label. Designer's label: "Norman Norell / New York" Handwritten style number: "15037-602-10"
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1970
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Dress of navy blue wool knit. The mid-length dress has a contrasting red wool knit mandarin collar and long sleeves with red wool knit cuffs. Mandarin collar is stitched down at ends. There are two large patch pockets at front, and a center front closure with twelve circular mother-of-pearl buttons mounted with gold-colored metal rims. The buttonholes are bound with the contrasting red wool knit. The dress has an attached wide red wool knit belt/sash which ties at waist in front. Fully lined in dark navy blue silk. Designer's label inside of skirt, underneath lining, at side seam: "Norman Norell / New York"
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Shell Top

Shell Top

Date: 1967/1968
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Shell top of yellow silk gaberdine. Sleeveless with mandarin collar. Center back zipper. Lined in yellow silk. Unhemmed bottom. No labels.
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Evening Ensemble

Evening Ensemble

Date: 1965
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: A) Evening dress of black wool jersey knit. Below knee length. Long, set-in sleeves with 5 functioning, circular rhinestone buttons with bound buttonholes. Collarless, center front opening with 12 matching rhinestone buttons and bound buttonholes. Unlined. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Norman Norell / New York" B) Scarf of black silk satin. Width varies from 5-1/2" at center to 9-1/2" at open ends. C) Belt of black silk satin. 3" wide with self covered rectangular buckle.
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Skirt Suit

Skirt Suit

Date: 1953
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Skirt suit. A) Jacket of black boucle wool. Long, set-in sleeves with hem edged in black satin. Turn-back collar, black satin revers. Four front patch pockets with flaps trimmed in black satin and one circular black satin-covered button on each pocket. Lined in black silk satin. Combined designer's/retailer's label at inside back collar: "Neiman-Marcus Dallas / Traina-Norell" B) Blouse of black satin. Piped around jewel neckline and sleeveless armholes. 2" waistband ties at left side. Zipper closure from hem partway up left side. Center back opening with 2 hook & loops. Unlined. Six elastic loops around hem to attach to skirt. No labels in blouse. C) Skirt of black boucle wool. Mid-length; 4 gored with two zippers at waist creating a "front flap" which also secures with two tabs at waistband, each tab secured with two hook-and-eyes. Four buttons at waistband which secure to loops on hem of blouse. Lined in black silk. No labels found in skirt.
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Dress

Dress

Date: unknown
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Black silk jersey dress and bodice. a) Under-dress of black silk jersey. Sleeveless with flesh tone shoulder straps. Skirt gathers at natural waist with 1-3/4 inch insert waistband. Below knee length. Center back zipper with hook & eye. Unlined with black grosgrain petersham. Designer's label at inside center back seam near hem: "Traina-Norell / New York" b) Over bodice of black silk jersey. Bracelet length sleeves with gussets. Collarless with gathered pleating at shoulder and neckline that ends with gathers on right with 8 hook & eyes that wrap to form draping on closure at left. Waist tie of self. Narrow, 1/4 inch petersham at waist with single hook & eye. Unlined.
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Pantsuit

Pantsuit

Date: 1965
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Pantsuit ensemble of light tan fine wool. A) Jacket. Long sleeved, hip-length jacket with Peter Pan collar. Center front opening with 7 flat, circular self-covered buttons. Four patch pockets, two on upper left and right breast, two at left and right hips. Designer's label: "Norman Norell / New York Retailer's label: "Lou Lattimore / Dallas" Care label: "Care Instructions / Professionally / Dry Clean Only" B) Slacks. Full-length, center back zipper with hook and eye at waistband. No labels in slacks. C) Belt. Long, rectangular tie belt of same fabric. Originally attached to jacket at sides by two short cords at each side. No labels on belt.
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1960/1969
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: A) Off-white/beige cream wool jersey dress with matching belt. Knee-length or slightly longer. Long sleeves. Slight standing collar which opens at throat. Center front opening with series of 17 functional circular gilt buttons with "dimpled" texture. At throat are two non-functional buttons on the turned-back part of the collar. Buttonholes are bound, with red backgrounds. Large patch pockets at hips. Lined in a beige/cream silk. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Norman-Norell / New York" B) Long sash belt of same fabric, of tubular construction. No marks on belt.
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1967
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Dress of black wool knit. Knee-length, with rounded, jewel neckline. Sleeveless with high shoulder yoke. Princess seaming. Center back closure with 5 large circular black plastic buttons and several hidden snaps; bound buttonholes. Lined in black fabric. Designer's label sewn inside skirt lining: "Norman Norell / New York". Retailer's label sewn at inside back left near closure: "Lou Lattimore / Dallas"
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1970
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Dress of navy blue wool knit. The mid-length dress has a contrasting red wool knit mandarin collar and long sleeves with red wool knit cuffs. There are two large patch pockets at front. Center front closure with twelve circular mother-of-pearl buttons mounted with gold-colored metal rims and shanks. The buttonholes are bound with the contrasting red wool knit. The dress has an attached wide red wool knit belt/sash which ties at waist in front. The dress is fully lined in dark navy blue silk. Designer's label inside lining of skirt at side seam: "Norman Norell / New York"
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Cocktail Dress

Cocktail Dress

Date: 1955/1960
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Cocktail dress of black silk faille and white lawn with black embroidered scallops. Wide boat neckline, short sleeves, natural waistline, princess seaming. Heavy black faille overskirt pleated into waist, cut higher at front to show underskirt of white lawn. Underskirt has horizontal bands of triple lines of scallops, scalloped lower edge of underskirt. Built in hoop understructure with petersham belt and four steel (?) internal hoops. Overlay with petticoat of white cotton with wide horsehair band at hem. Center back zipper.
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Skirt Suit

Skirt Suit

Date: 1969
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Suit of chocolate brown wool. a) Jacket of chocolate brown wool. Double breasted with six circular dark chocolate brown buttons and bound buttonholes. Closure reinforced with 3 large covered snaps. Princess seaming. Bracelet length sleeves with 2 smaller matching, functioning buttons and bound buttonholes. Collar has squared corners. Side flap pockets. Collar, opening, sleeves and pockets trimmed in black binding. Lined in matching silk with weighted hem. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Norman Norell / New York" b) Skirt in matching chocolate brown wool. A-line with 1" waistband. Knee length. Left side zipper hidden inside slit pocket with two large hook & eyes on waistband. Lined in matching silk. Lining of side slit pockets are weighted.
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Day Coat

Day Coat

Date: 1968
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: a) Day coat of silk and cotton blend in tan, green, purple, and pink stripes. Double breasted with 5 bound buttonholes. Open-ended collar and long sleeves with cuffs having 2 bound buttonholes. Patch pockets at sides. Lined in ivory silk. Combined designer/retailer label at center back neckline: "Norman Norell for Bonwit Teller" b) Belt of matching fabric with self-covered rectangular buckle.
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Dress

Dress

Date: unknown
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Sheath style dress of yellow wool knit. Sleeveless with jewel neckline. Knee length. Dress has partial yoke which forms a curved V in the front and is straight across the back. Center back zipper with hook & loop. Large patch pockets at sides below waist. Lined in yellow silk. Designer's label at left inside seam of lining: "Norman Norell / New York" Retailer's label at right back shoulder: "Esther Wolf / Houston"
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Daytime Dress

Daytime Dress

Date: 1955/1959
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: a) Daytime shift style dress of light blue linen. Sleeveless; below knee length. Rounded neckline with horizontal seamed yoke. Large patch pockets at sides below waist. Center back opening with four 1" self covered buttons and bound buttonholes; closure reinforced with large covered snaps. Lined in light blue silk. Union label on inside seam of lining Evidence of designer's label at right inside seam of lining; now missing. b) Sole wrap of matching light blue linen. Rectangular shape. 13-1/4" wide. c) Tie belt of matching light blue linen. Rectangular, open ends. 1" x 73"
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1963
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Dress of black bouclé wool. Empire waistline. Short, puffed sleeves with black satin piping at hem; gathers reinforced at shoulders with stiff black fabric. Wide, scooped neckline with black satin piping. Knee length. Black satin belt is 1" wide, attached at sides and ties in back. Center back zipper with hook & eye. Side slit pockets. Lined in black chiffon in bodice and black silk below empire waistline with black grosgrain ribbon petersham closed with hook & eye. Combined designer/retailer label at bottom right seam of lining: "Norman Norell for Neiman-Marcus"
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Coat Dress

Coat Dress

Date: 1960/1965
Creator: Weinberg, Chester
Description: Coat dress of blue, yellow, white, green and aqua geometric weave. Pointed collar; short length. Double-breasted with 8 gold tone, domed, non-functioning buttons on front and bound buttonholes; fastens with 6 covered snaps. Placket front, long sleeved. Side slit pockets. Half-belt of self in back. Lined in blue/green polyester. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Chester Weinberg" Retailer's label at left side seam of lining: "Neiman-Marcus" Labels: Lot/Size 14, ILGWU
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1963/1974
Creator: Parnis, Mollie
Description: Dress of black wool. Street length with bracelet length, set-in sleeves having a two-snap closure. Collarless, V-shaped neckline. Center back zipper with hook & eye. Inset waist with gathered skirt trimmed on left with nine non-functioning, square-shaped rhinestone shank buttons and loops. Lined in black silken fabric. Designer label inside back near zipper: Mollie Parnis Boutique / New York Union label at side seam towards hem Manufacturing tag: 17 / Lot #7 / Size 12 Manufacturing tag: Order 63455 / Style 920-12 / Size (?) / Remarks #5 A 17
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1960
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Dress in shift style of black silk. Collar of white silk is folded over front neckline giving a modified cowl look. Center back opening with 7 self-covered button and bound buttonholes; closure reinforced with covered snaps. Long set-in sleeves flair slightly to wide, rolled back cuffs of white silk. Hemline trimmed with 2" band of self. Lined in black silk. Designer's label at left of back opening: "Norman Norell / New York" Retailer's label at left of back opening: "Lou Lattimore / Dallas"
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Ensemble

Ensemble

Date: 1965
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Ensemble of black wool. A) Jacket style top of black woven wool. Double breasted with six large, circular, shank rhinestone buttons and bound buttonholes. Sleeveless. Collarless, V-neck. Two front horizontal welt pockets. Back half-belt of self at waist from side to side. Lined in black silk. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Norman Norell / New York" B) Pleated skirt of same attached to a black silk slip with inserted panel at hip line. Midi length. Center back 16" plastic zipper. Unlined.
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Ensemble - Coat Dress and Skirt

Ensemble - Coat Dress and Skirt

Date: 1958
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Ensemble consisting of a charcoal gray wool tweed coat dress and skirt. A) Street dress of charcoal gray wool tweed. Center front opening with eight large, circular, black plastic buttons and bound buttonholes. Three quarter raglan sleeves. Turndown collar. Yoked shoulders slightly gathered in back. Below knee length. Lined in black silk faille. Retailer's label at inside back neckline: "Neiman-Marcus" B) Skirt with waist panel of black silk and lower panel of charcoal gray wool tweed. Skirt is slightly gathered where waist panel meets lower panel. Overall effect is of a straight skirt. Center back opening with two hook & eyes on waistband as closure. Lower portion of skirt is lined in same black silk as waist panel. Retailer's label on inside center back seam of lining: "Neiman-Marcus"
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Ensemble - Dress, Bodice, and Stole

Ensemble - Dress, Bodice, and Stole

Date: 1960
Creator: Norell, Norman
Description: Ensemble of wine red linen, consisting of: A) Dress of wine red linen. Jumper-style, the seamed bodice has a wide, rounded neckline and is sleeveless. The skirt gathers slightly into the waist, which dips slightly to hips. Two slit pockets at side skirt seams just below waist. Center back opening, with 5 large circular wine red plastic buttons, a hook-and-eye at waist, two hidden snaps at neckline, and two hidden snaps below waist. Fully lined in red silk. Designer's label: "Norman Norell / New York" B) Under-bodice of wine red silk and wine red linen. Cropped bodice of silk with low, rounded neckline, and center front opening with 5 hook-and-eyes. Short sleeves of wine red linen to match dress. No labels in under-bodice. C) Stole of matching fabric. 50" x 12" rectangle, formed as a tube. No labels in shawl. Size 10 or 12. Note: Outer dress can be worn with or without under-bodice, giving the dress the appearance of being either sleeved or sleeveless.
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