So to commemorate the latest finds, here’s a bit about Ben Reig and some of what is out there from this label.
From http://www.vintagefashionguild.org/: “The design firm Ben Reig was founded in 1929. The main designer at Ben Reig from 1941 through 1954 was Omar Kiam. Starting in 1948, Kiam also did a line of costume jewelry for Ben Reig. Eva Rosencrans designed for Ben Reig starting in 1961. Both designers were known for their elegant, simple, luxurious (and expensive) designs”.
I can add that by the late 1950s, Ben Reig was referred to a ‘senior name in American fashion‘, and his 1968 obituary in the NY Times called him ‘the Seventh Avenue designer known as the dean of the New York Couture Group’. The label did continue on until at least 1972/73 under the supervision of his widow, Doris Reig Arluck.
The company was well respected for the quality of the designs and known for conservative, tasteful and rather expensive garments.
Let's look, shall we?
Black Harlequin Weave Slipper Satin 1940's gown @ www.dorotheasclosetvintage.com
1950s Ben Reig Navy Sheath with Openwork Neckline from www.pastperfectvintage.com
1940's Pink Lace Gown Ben Reig Omar Kiam @www.thevintagepeddler.com
1950s Ben Reig Beaded Satin Cocktail Dress @www.vintageous.com
Ben Reig Cocktail Dress w/ Beads & Velvet Trim @www.vintageous.com
1950s Ben Reig Midnight Blue Silk Dress from www.pastperfectvintage.com
1940s Red Crepe Evening Gown , Coming Soon to Second Looks