1940s RARE SUSE STAR applique cardigan sweater small | new spring
m i n t : pristine with no signs of wear- possibly deadstock
e x c e l l e n t : signs of normal wear and age- no obvious flaws
v e r y g o o d : noted minor flaws that may have been already repaired - very wearable
g o o d : many noted minor flaws and/or mends -wearable
f a i r : numerous noted flaws and mends, some significant - still wearable
Collectible and rare Suse sweater. Done in a fine hand knit ivory wool and hand appliquéd with mustard felt gold stars surrounded by gold metal stars. Knitted button front and fitted waistline. Unlined.
These amazing sweaters were design by Susan Dannenberg of Los Angeles in the 1940's and 1950's.
Susan (or Suse pronounced Sus-ie) liked sweaters but did not have a sweater figure and so she decorated hers with bleeding hearts, poodles, flowers and pink elephants with the idea of attracting more attention to the sweater and less to the shape of the wearer. Some of her best customers in Hollywood were Esther Williams, Barbara Stanwyck, and Jennifer Jones.
The attached newspaper states: "The sweater stylist, in her late twenties is younger than any of her employees. She takes ideas for design from almost any subject that comes to mind when she's gathering wool. Her pet poodle has appeared occasionally as a felt decoration. All the sweaters are handmade by Austrian workmen in her shop. Her designs range between $50-$1250 ($620-$15,000 in todays money)
Size on tag: None
Fits like: xs
Condition: Excellent Condition
✂-----Measurements taken at ease ( stretchy)
Bust (underarm seam) : 39"
Total length: 24"