Suit of gray wool with dark green and off white stripes. Jacket (a) has short, high lapels and padded shoulders, with extra overlay of fabric at proper right shoulder. Long sleeves. Stripes oriented horizontally. Buttons right over left with two buttons, one above the bust and one at the natural waist. Self-fabric pockets with flaps at hips; fabric of the flaps turned so that strips run perpendicular to rest of jacket. Hem hits at low hip. Skirt (b) has slight A-line. Top part cut so that stripes run horizontally, while the bottom features vertical stripes.
Adrian, Original; Marshall Field & Co., 28 Shop, 28 East Washington Street
Worn by Mrs. Bliss née Sherl Becker (b. October 19, 1909) for business occasions during the day. Mrs. Bliss wore the dress with a chartreuse blouse and black shoes.
Gilbert Adrian was a costume designer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1930s and 1940s, retiring in 1942 to open his own fashion house. In 1947 he told Life magazine, "American women's clothes should be streamlined in the daytime." A year later he created this suit, showing a dramatic use of stripes and impeccable tailoring.