Vogue July 1954
Austrian hand-cut jewels....about fifty-five dollars at fine stores or write
Austrian hand-cut jewels....about fifty-five dollars at fine stores or write
Lilli Ann, 16th and Harrison, San Francisco or 512 Seventh Ave, NYLilli
Ann, 16th and Harrison, San Francisco or 512 Seventh Ave, NY
vintage 50's Lili Ann Dress
of mohair, worsted and silk created by Faques
Exclusively for The exciting new Lilli Ann
Couturier Dress Collection. Lime, Cognac, Fawn,
Blue, Violet, garnished luxuriously with mink
Vogue 1954
Fabric-Of-France "Embossed Nuage"
Rhinestone studded silk and cotton
fabric created exclusively for the
exciting new Lilli Ann Couturier Dress
Collection. Black and White, Gray and
white, Brown and white with dramatic
velvet trim.....
Vogue 1954
In 1933, Adolph Schuman founded a dress wholesaling business in San
meagre beginnings, the company quickly grew through Schuman's
annually.

In the late 40s, two three-story buildings were erected at the corner of
16th and Mission in San Francisco. The new Lilli Ann factory was
state-of-the-art for its time, and would remain in use through the 1980s,
employing around 500 workers.

The company's creative practice was to employ a team of designers
who worked cooperatively. When the company began, Schuman sent
do double-duty as a designer; an English coat designer named Arthur
Carew was in the company's employ at the same time. In 1954, the
house hired Billie Jean Dugan, who created the curvaceous and
elaborate peplum suits and princess coats that were worn by celebrities
such as Esther Williams, and became the company's signature look.
Evelyn Thomas, first hired in the mid-50s to clean and run errands,
soon became Dugan's assistant, and remained on the design team
through the 1980s.

From the
Lilli Ann History Site

(which I've linked too, but seems to be abandoned as I had to get this
bit though Goggle Cache.)
Late 1940's Lilli Ann Suit
Fabric-Of France "Frosted Mohair", A
Glorious new fabric by D'Honnechy
created only for Lilli Ann....For the
most glamorous coat of the year. Violet
Mist, Turquoise Mist, Rose Mist with
hand cut Austrian jewels....
1954
jacket in finest worsted boucle eith
lavish Canadian Lynx cuffs for the
jacket and a stunning jeweled
ornament to dramatize the smartness
of the dress...black only....
1954