This is a fabulous BONWIT Teller 79s Slip with lace chest and semicircled hem.
Bonwit Teller & Co. was a luxury department store in New York City founded by Paul Bonwit in 1895 at Sixth Avenue and 18th Street, and later a chain of department stores. Bonwit specialized in high-end women’s apparel at a time when many of its competitors were diversifying their product lines, and Bonwit Teller became noted within the trade for the quality of its merchandise as well as the above-average salaries paid to both buyers and executives. In 1907 and the store made another move, this time to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 38th Street.
I got this Slip from the Estate of a woman to admire: Mrs Elizabeth Lawson. A lady to admire.
Mrs Lawson grew up in Toledo, graduating from Libbey High School. She moved to Chicago to attend Illinois Institute of Technology where she received a BS degree in 1938. She lived in Chicago the rest of her life. She obtained a master’s degree from Chicago State University in 1961. She worked as a teacher and counselor for Chicago Public Schools (Wendell Phillips, DuSable, and Harlan High Schools) from 1947 to 1965 and later as a counselor at Chicago State University from 1965 until her retirement in 1979. Other memberships include: Chicago State University senator, Chicago State University Fifth Division, Illinois Association of Women Deans and Counselors, American Association of University Professors, National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. She received an honorary doctorate from the US Air Force. She served as consultant for the University of South Carolina Desegregation Center in 1968-69, and faculty advisor to students in the University Without Walls Program. Betty loved to travel and visited places all over the world. She was a graduate of Chicago Teachers College and mother of one of Chicago land most promising physicians. Born in Springfield, Missouri 104 years ago, Mrs Lawson’s dad was THE prominent Black Physisian in a racist town, that thrived on hatred. When Mrs Lawson was just a 4 year old child, her family was burned out of their mansion on a hot summer morning - by the KKK. That didn’t stop this prominent family, threw moved up North. Many of her children became sought after physicians. If you ever gave birth at Rush in Chicago, you will probably recognize the famous Lawson name.
So this Slip is not only super cool and wearable today but also irradiates this positive energy from the women it belonged ( I truly believe in that).
Tag says Union Made 50% Nylon - 50% Polyester Chevette - Average 32 A Made in USA. BONWIT TELLER
Stay tooned because I am listing also 5 more beautiful slips from this estate , and one splendid BONWIT TELLER coat.
Measurements: garment lying flat.
Armpit to Armpit: 15” extends to 20” Waist: 14” extends to 15 1/2” Hips: 17 1/2” extends to 19” End Width: 22” Total lenght from shoulder: 37”
Size 32 Bust - It would fit up to size Small.
Condition: excellent for its age. Looks as new.
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