(SOLD ON LAYAWAY) 1950s Helen Bond Carruthers Bergdorf Goodman Sweater | XS

(SOLD ON LAYAWAY) 1950s Helen Bond Carruthers Bergdorf Goodman Sweater | XS



Rare and collectible unlabeled early 1950s Helen Bond Carruthers cardigan sweater from Bergdorf Goodman. Light beige/bone cashmere with pale peach and icy baby blue rose embroidery intricately hand-sewn on with the tiniest (barely seen) stitches, tiny faux pearl buttons, grosgrain ribbon placket, signature tailored (shortened) 3/4 length sleeves, and a cream silk chiffon lining with thick grosgrain ribbon trim along the interior hem.

This sweater was acquired from the original owner whose husband purchased it for her before they were married. She received it as a gift in 1954. So sweet!

Era: early 1950s

Label: Bergdorf Goodman | I am 99.9% confident this is an unlabeled Helen Bond Carruthers sweater. Helen was known to purchase high quality cashmere sweaters from Bergdorf to use for her designs. I believe BG received sweaters back from Helen after she embellished them and for some weird shady reason removed, they removed her tag and placed their own (probably in the beginning of her career when they could get away with this). The sweater has all the telltale signs of her hand — shortened sleeves, wide interior grosgrain ribbon hem, embellished with hand-stitched asymmetrical embroidered designs AND you can see the original stitch-marks where Helen’s huge label once existed (see photo).

Fabric: cashmere, silk chiffon lining, embroidery


Bust: 36”

Shoulders: 15.5”

Sleeves: 23”

Bodice: 15.5”

Waist: 28”-30”

Hips: open

Length: 41.5”

Approximate Modern Size: Extra-Small

Condition: 2 tiny spots (one on back near underarm and the other on underside of sleeve. In otherwise excellent condition and priced accordingly. (sweater has been soaked in a Eucalan bath but I have not aggressively attempted to lift the spots in fear of damaging the cashmere)

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