Ensemble of black cotton and wool twill with white accents. Jacket (a) of black wool twill with white cotton piqué fold-over collar that covers shoulders. Jacket closes right over left in front with metal snaps and has one triangular white plastic ornamental button at collar. Fitted to natural waistline and flaring at hips. Peplum has white cotton piqué trim on front proper right and left sides. Three-quarter sleeves with cotton piqué cuffs. Skirt (b) of black twill, narrow fitting, falls above the knee.
Worn by Mrs. Sandy Kagan-Angell (b. 1942). This piece was worn by the donor to the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Near North Auxiliary Chapter's "Run for the Roses" event, held at the Galleria Marchetti in June of 1999. Over $15,000 was raised to help Infant Welfare continue to provide medical, dental, social, and mental services to over 12,000 working poor children and their mothers at little or no cost. The donor was one of the judges for the hat contest, a fundraising activity during the event. The donor was also the Fashion Director of Chicago's I. Magnin store from 1978-1985 and then went on to become Fashion Editor at Skyline Magazine starting in 1986 and was still editor as of December 2001.
Wearing styles of clothing from the opposite sex has caused controversy for centuries. The adaptation of the man's suit for women's wear in the late 1980s is often referred to as "power dressing" as women struggled for equality with men in the business world.