Marguerite Rubel 1950s Vintage Opera Coat Red Velvet Maxi M Large Collar Ca Design San Francisco
Fabulous red velvet Red Vintage 1950s Opera coat Marguerite Rubel Covered buttons,has a Full button front, Three quarter sleeves and large collar. Beautiful lining in perfect condition. The material is
Well maintained , Perfect condition .
The size fabric label not present.Please use my measurements to determine if it will fit you. Thanks!
This Vintage coat is in beautiful condition. There are no stains or repairs. The size and fabric label is missing.
By the measurements is appears to be a Medium. The material is soft and believe it is cotton velvet.
Measurements are in inches
Size marked: Not marked
Sleeves from the top shoulder seam: 23 1/2
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the top: 23 (the sleeves are not set-in measurement approximate)
Hem: 2.75 inches including the seam hem tape (coat is a bit narrower at the hem )
Length at center back below the collar : 47
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From Vintage FashionGuild – Label Resource
Marguerite Rubel was born in Spencer, Iowa in 1925 & was brought up on a farm during the Depression. While she was still in grade school she made clothing for her family & friends out of grain & flour sacks; a favorite was a sack dress with a braided twine belt.
After high school she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she built airplanes & trained as a pilot. She moved to San Francisco to join the Womans Auxiliary Service Pilots (WASPS). But she was too young to join so she worked as a waitress, modeled clothing & also owned a small grocery.
She attended school to learn pattern making & began sewing for friends. In 1945 San Francisco hosted the founding of the UN & she made raincoats for some of the attendees. They were a hit & this proved to be the beginning of her professional career.
She founded Marguerite Rubel Manufacturing in the late 1940s, which specialized in coats & jackets. Her outerwear was carried at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Joseph Magnin & I. Magnin. Her raincoats were noted for not looking like raincoats as they were more fashionable than the normal raincoat.
Her most famous garment may have been the Map Jacket, which featured a wraparound graphic of the world. President Bush wore one en route to a summit meeting in 1991.
She died in 2010 and at the time was the oldest surviving member of San Francisco Fashion Industries, which was established in 1920.
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