There is nothing like a fabulous red outfit for Christmas Eve. This stylish red matelasse suit was designed by Gustave Tassell and worn by June Mohler around 1962. June was the director of the Rodgers & Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. Their fashion library is now named after her.
The suit consists of a sheath dress, sleeveless with a waistline seam, bustline darts and a barely flared skirt constructed in seven gores. It has a metal zipper in back and is lined with black silk. The matching coat has ¾ raglan sleeves and wonderful black coiled composite buttons in front. It is similar to a Gustave Tassell ribbed red matelasse dress and coat worn by Jacqueline Kennedy during her arrival in Rajasthan, India on March 18, 1962. She also wore the dress for a camel ride with her sister at the residence of President Mohammad Avub Khan in Karachi.
Gustave Tassell was born in 1926 in Philadelphia. After moving to New York, he worked in the advertising and display department for Hattie Carnegie. In the early 1950s, he moved to Europe and worked with Geneviéve Fath and James Galanos. He began his own business in 1956 in California, receiving the prestigious Coty Award in 1961.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday