A really lovely piece from midcentury designer Greta Plattry. Features a heavy knit wool plaid in bright, lovely colors with box pleats, side button and metal zipper. Still has original stock tag attached. Light wear but overall very good condition.
Marked a vintage size 10, which is about a modern size 2. Please see measurements to ensure proper fit, as I cannot accept returns for sizing issues.
Light overall wear but no stains, moth chews or major issues to note. Colors are bright and presents almost like new.
About the Designer
Greta Plattry was born Margarete Hutschnecker in Berlin, Germany on February 15, 1909. She married Fredrich Plattring in 1931 and had a daughter, Gabrielle, around 1934. They came to New York in February 1937, where her parents and brother Leo had been living since 1935. By 1940 she and her husband were separated, and she and Gabrielle were living in Manhattan with Leo, who at that time was an interior designer, and their parents. They divorced in 1941 and for the first time on public record she claimed “designer” instead of “housewife” as her occupation and gave her last name as Plattry. She started in 1940 selling crocheted garments like snoods, gloves, sweaters, vests, hats and halter tops, and by 1943 she was selling her goods in Saks Fifth Avenue, wherea hat would sell for $3; an ascot, $5. Ajeweled “head dress, for glamour nights” she’d designed appeared in Vogue in 1944, and her work was featured on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945.
The Life article gained her a significant amount of name recognition, and around 1946 she began designing non-crocheted sportswear. In the vein of Louella Ballerino, Carolyn Schnurer, and to some extent Claire McCardell, she referenced traditional dress in her modern clothing (though unlike the aforementioned, she often drew on her own heritage and experience to do so). But she didn’t just reference German dress; in 1951 her collections referenced Asian themes, her 1952 “safari separates” were inspired by a trip to Africa, and in 1954 she created a line of clothing based on the film Brigadoon, with Scottish plaids, kilts and knee socks, and this skirt may have been a part of that collection. She designed separates, dresses, playsuits and coordinating pieces under her own label until 1974 (some sources say 1966, but I couldn’t find any evidence of that, though I did find a “Greta Plattry for Alfred George ad from 1965), when she designed for Teal Traina. Plattry retired in the late 1970s and died in Connecticut in 2006.