Bust: measures 33” flat to fit approx. 32”—best for A to B cup
Waist: measures 22” flat, and easily stretches up to 26” (bias cut)
Hip: measures 34” flat, with maximum reasonable stretch of up to 40” (bias cut)
Underarm to underbust seam length: 3”
Straps length: 12 to 14” (small amount of stretch)
Length: 58” from shoulder to hem (just slightly longer than nightgown)
Sleeve length: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: approx. 12”
LABEL: Lucie-Ann Importers, Beverly Hills (Marshall Field & Company Lingerie; Hand Sewn)
The lingerie label “Lucie Ann” is often associated with the nylon and marabou peignoirs that made the brand famous in the 1960s—most notably on elegant Eva Gabor in the TV show “Green Acres”. This wonderful nightgown and peignoir set, however, dates to the earlier end of the brand’s history. Lucie Ann Onderwyzer founded the label in 1947, and this hot pink chiffon and silk set dates to around the late 1940s or early 1950s. The slinky, bias cut nightgown features narrow, ruched straps (with elastic hidden under the chiffon, for a comfy fit), an underbust seam with a flatteringly gathered bodice above, and a long, lean body that will flow over your curves, thanks to the bias cut, lightweight fabric. The peignoir has a full, flowing shape, with a curved shoulder yoke, a small, rounded collar, and puffed, very full sleeves gathered into the fitted, buttoned cuffs. The peignoir has a single snap fastener and a contrasting ivory silk satin tie at the collar to close it. The same ivory silk satin is used for the leaf-shaped appliques (on both nightgown and peignoir) and the satin piping at the shoulder yoke. The ivory trim is definitely silk satin; we believe the sheer chiffon is also silk. The nightgown is quite sheer, made of single layer of chiffon, while the peignoir is double-layered in the main body, with a single layer only in the sleeves and shoulder yoke. The set is in good condition, quite wearable, but has some light discoloration in these areas (unlikely to be that noticeable when worn): a few faint water-marks on peignoir hem, a few small, dark marks near the hem of both the nightgown and the peignoir, and some faint yellowing on one peignoir sleeve and near the back of one hip. There is a slight amount of fading across the top of the peignoir collar/shoulders. Also, there is a small area of one nightgown side seam that has been carefully mended. See our photos for the best close-ups that we could get of these small issues, and feel free to ask for more photos, if needed.
Amazingly, the entire set is hand-sewn (as mentioned on the label), and it was imported for beloved Chicago department store Marshall Field & Company. Therefore, we guess that the set was not directly manufactured by Lucie-Ann--perhaps since it is a very early piece? Regardless, it is a lovely lingerie set—a great find for a vintage Lucie Ann lingerie collector, or for anyone who appreciates the fine quality of mid-century, pin-up-ready lingerie!