suit

Hattie Carnegie, 1889 - 1956



suit

Hattie Carnegie 1889 - 1956

Summary

Two piece suit in brown/black wool/silk tweed; single breasted fitted jacket, fastening with 6 circular mock tortoiseshell buttons; wide turn-down 'Peterpan' collar, with button and loop fastening; breast pockets; inner side label 'Hattie Carnegie Custom made'; lined beige silk. Matching lined pencil skirt. Unsold as lot 119 in Christies 'Fashion Through the Ages', 3.12.09 sale. Belonged to Anne Moen Bullitt (1924-2007). Born in Paris but brought up in the States, she married 4 times. At first she bought clothes in New York, mostly from Hattie Carnegie, but her second husband, Nicholas Duke Biddle, who she married in 1947, was vice consul in the American Embassy in Madrid, giving Anne access to Balenciaga couture clothes with the Spanish name 'Eisa' operating in tandem with the Paris house. She later moved to Ireland and bought clothes by Sybil Connelly, Lanvin, YSL and others. Anne Bullitt was tiny, with an 18-20 inch waist, making her clothes virtually unwearable for anyone else. Hattie Carnegie (1889-1956) was a celebrated New York couturier with a boutique on 42 East 49th St from 1923.


Object Name

suit

Creators Name

Hattie Carnegie

Date Created

1947-1950

Dimensions

waist: 50cm

accession number

2011.19

Collection Group

costume
womenswear

Place of creation

New York

Medium

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