1940s Irene Wool Twill Jacket




Irene Lentz Gibbons, known simply as Irene, had opened two successful dress shops on her own before she began designing for Bullocks-Wilshire's Custom Salon in the early 1930s. Within a few short years, Irene's designs were in such demand that the price for a custom designed Irene evening gown started at $450. By comparison, in Paris at that time, a woman could be custom fitted in a gown of similar quality for about $200. Irene was designing the personal wardrobes of many of Hollywood's A-list, and it wasn't long before she was dressing them on-screen as well. Irene replaced Adrian as MGM's executive designer in 1942. The impeccable construction and quality of Irene's designs would later prompt Louis B. Mayer to bellyache that Irene was 'expensive'. And a good thing she was - Irene's designs are still as coveted today as they were sixty years ago.  A stunning jacket with an hourglass silhouette, and French cuffed sleeves, it has a single button closure at the waist, with a pair of buttons on the flap of the pockets. The fabric is a fine wool twill in a winey- brown and creamy ivory weave, with the buttonholes being bound in creamy ivory.  Lined in burgundy crepe and labeled 'Irene exclusively for Bullocks-Wilshire', it is in excellent condition. Bust 36", waist 27", hip 37", shoulder 15", sleeve 22.5", length 24". sold