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Norman Norell

American, 1900-1972

The signature details that characterize vintage Norman Norell evening dresses include classically tailored silhouettes, feminine round necklines and tenderly applied beading, carefully inspected both inside and out. Pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe wore many of Norell’s classic dresses over the years. And as a young model for a Seventh Avenue clothing manufacturer, screen siren Lauren Bacall liked to scour the racks of Loehmann’s with her mother, looking for the odd piece by a famous designer like Norell. 

Norell began his career in his early 20s, designing costumes for Paramount Pictures and Brooks Costume Company, as well as for esoteric vaudeville productions. The theater remained a major source of inspiration throughout his career. Often drenched in beads or sequins, a material that remained readily available despite wartime restrictions, his show-stopping mermaid gowns, a marriage of glitz and simplicity, harken back to the days of vaudeville. He continued to design these gowns until the end of his life.

Raised in a family of haberdashers, Norell was long-influenced by the cuts, fabrics and details of traditional menswear, and he sought to incorporate those concepts into his designs. In 1960, at a moment when women were not yet wearing pants to work, he made waves when he presented his then-controversial wool flannel culotte suit. Some years later, he designed a black dinner suit with a bow-tie, beating Yves Saint Laurent to the punch, and later still, he conceived a feminine version of an aviator jumpsuit.

A creature of habit, Norell stuck with many of his classic designs throughout his career, but he continued to experiment with avant-garde ideas for evening garments. This was perhaps most vividly expressed in his wild coats, runway crowd-pleasers adorned with ostrich feathers or massive red and pink flowers.  

A fan of a full dirndl, Norell made skirts that ranged from delicately creased to voluminous balloons, and he frequently paired these with pleated blouses or tight turtlenecks. One of the first designers to incorporate traditional elements of sportswear into his evening attire, a typical Norell evening gown was divided into three separate colors: one for the top, one for the skirt and one for the sash. And vintage Norman Norell gowns are inherently versatile — they’re as modern today as they were decades ago. The little black dresses that Norell designed offered similar flexibility. Perfectly simple and sexy are the round necklines, which Norell introduced to declutter his dresses and allow for a more modern look.

Norell was the first American designer to have his name on a dress label and on a successful fragrance. He possessed a refined elegance and a quiet audacity that he expressed through timeless, wearable pieces boldly embellished with luxe trimmings. His work would come to redefine the American ready-to-wear industry and earn him the nickname the “American Balenciaga.” He received the inaugural Coty Award for womenswear and was the first designer inducted into the fashion industry critics’ hall of fame.

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Designer: Norman Norell
1960s Norman Norell Couture Black Wool Gabardine Size 8 Vintage 60s Skirt Suit
By Norman Norell
Located in San Diego, CA
Super chic 1960s NORMAN NORELL Couture black wool gabardine belted skirt suit ! Purchased from Montaldo’s for $1,200 in the 60s by original owner. That is equivalent to over $12,000 ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norell Wool Knit Day Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Norman Norell, oatmeal tone, wool knit, sheath, having buttons closing down the middle front, short sleeves, a rolled neck with a front bow and visible deep patch pockets.
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1960s American Norman Norell

1970s Norman Norell Navy Blue and Silver Lurex Crepe and Chiffon Evening Gown
By Norman Norell
Located in Gresham, OR
1970s Norman Norell Navy Blue and Silver Lurex Crepe and Chiffon Evening Gown: Banded collar, waist and cuffs. Silver Lurex stripes on bodice and puffed sleeves. Star dotted full len...
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1970s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Belted Maxi Skirt Evening Suit With Cropped Jacket, 1968
By Norman Norell
Located in Atlanta, GA
Norman Norell (1900-1972) is considered to be one of the original fashion designers of the modern American style. His sophisticated silhouettes were both tailored and timeless with ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell 1960s Vintage Camel Silk + Wool Tailored Jacket
By Norman Norell
Located in Sparks, NV
Stunning vintage Norman Norell vintage 1960s camel colored wool jacket with four front patch pockets. Fully lined in gorgeous quality silk fabric. Hand stitched couture finishing th...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Vintage Chartreuse & Multicolor Norman Norell Beaded Jumpsuit
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Vintage chartreuse, beige, and pink sleeveless beaded jumpsuit by Norman Norell. Bateau neckline. Zip closure at back. 34" bust, 23" waist, 51" leng...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Norman Norell

Norell Oversize Graphic Black Ivory Taupe Stripe Silk Scarf – 72” x 36”, 1960s
By Norman Norell
Located in Tucson, AZ
As big as a beach towel, this luscious silk twill scarf can be worn as a headscarf, bandeau, waist sash, shoulder wrap or pareo. Exquisite quality and a neutral colorway make this sc...
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1960s Swiss Norman Norell

Norman Norell Mermaid Gown With Gown (Circa 1960s)
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Normen Norell "Mermaid" Gown Circa 1960's Vintage Made in the United States Iridescent purple sequin Sequins cover dark forest green silk fabric Hand stitched sequin embellishme...
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1960s American Norman Norell

1960's Norell Beige Dress With Large Jewels
By Norman Norell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A stand out piece from the 1960’s, this Norell off white cocktail dress with large jewel embellishment needs no accessories. The classic A line shaped dre...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Dress as seen on Jacqueline Kennedy, 1960s
By Norman Norell
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Jacqueline Kennedy is undoubtedly one of the most enduring style icons, and Norman Norell was one of her go-to designers. When she got ready for a state visit to the Parthenon in Ath...
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1960s Norman Norell

Norell Designer Vintage Blackglama Mink Coat Size Large (10-12)
By Norman Norell
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This very chic "What Becomes A Legend Most" Blackglama (mink of the highest quality) was designed by the legendary Norman Norell. He was kno...
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1970s American Norman Norell

1960s Norman Norell Black Satin Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Classic and stunning black silk satin Norman Norell dress from the 1960s. Sleeveless with an oversized folded shawl collar. Fitted through the body with four round fabric covered but...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Maxi Dress Gown 1960s
By Norman Norell, Norman Norell
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous fine black wool jersey maxi dress gown by master designer Norman Norell. It has a crew neckline, dolman sleeves with zipper wrists and a silk satin ribbon belt adorning t...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Vintage 1960 Norman Norell Sequin Star Novelty Black Sheer Illusion Tulle Gown
By Norman Norell
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This iconic Norman Norell couture gown exemplifies his signature blend of couture level quality with quintessentially American style; elegant in its simplicity. Dating back to his 19...
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1960s American Norman Norell

1960 Norman Norell Silk Satin Abstract Polka Dot Maxi Opera Coat
By Norman Norell
Located in Gresham, OR
1960s Norman Norell silk satin opera coat/maxi coat with abstract polka-dot print and flocked velvet dots scattered throughout pattern. Fully lined in...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Iconic Norman Norell Black & White Signature Silk Scarf
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Norman Norell Black & White Signature Silk scarf accented with Hand-rolled edges, measures 26 inches by 26 inches. Made in Italy.
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1980s Italian Norman Norell

Norman Norell 1960s Size 12 Tan / Camel 60s Vintage Blazer Jacket + Skirt Suit
By Norman Norell
Located in San Diego, CA
Such a classic skirt and jacket suit set by NORMAN NORELL! This chic 60s ensemble is the perfect camel color, that will get you through all the months of the year. Haute Couture quality, with an amazing wool fabric! Chic brown buttons up the bodice of the jacket, with functional pockets at both breasts, and at both sides of the waist. High waisted pencil skirt, with flattering darts, and metal zipper, and button at waistband. Both pieces work fantastic together, or as separates! Fully lined. Approximately Size 12 Made in France Pictured vintage OSCAR DE LA RENTA hat...
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1960s French Norman Norell

Vintage 1969 Norman Norell Royal Blue Wool Double-Breasted Mod Military Coat
By Norman Norell
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This timeless Norman Norell coat, in the chicest royal blue color, exemplifies his signature blend of couture level quality with quintessentially American style. This gorgeous garmen...
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1960s American Norman Norell

1960s Norman Norell Dark Pink Silk Sleeveless Maxi Dress and Jacket
By Norman Norell
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic Vintage Norman Norell early 60s sleeveless maxi silk dress in dark pink color with cream polka dots. Dress comes with matching crop fitted jac...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Samuel Winston Gaberdine Day Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
White, wool gaberdine Samuel Winston, cap sleeve, A line dress designed by Norman Norell. Dress has off center seams on each side of the dress with covered button closures at the sho...
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1960s American Norman Norell

NORMAN NORELL for MICHAEL FORREST of New York sumptuous Natural Mink Coat
By Michael Forrest New York, Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
NORMAN NORELL for MICHAEL FORREST of New York, Vintage natural mink fur coat from the 1970s Tapered arms with Flared cuffs Midi-length Tapered body and...
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1970s American Norman Norell

Vintage Norman Norell Polka-Dot Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Product Details: Vintage long sleeve polka-dot dress by Norman Norell Multicolor polka-dots Long sleeve dress High neck Wrap scarf design with snap closure Pleated waist Button ...
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Late 20th Century American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Gray Flannel Cape
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Norman Norell Gray Wool Flannel Cape with 2 arm slits. Bell shaped with large cutaway notched collar and double breasted closure. Immaculately tailored by Norell with black silk ta...
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1960s American Norman Norell

1960s Norman Norell Midnight Blue Wool Jersey Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in Boca Raton, FL
wool jersey. belt. pockets. buttons in the back fully lined. Excellent condition Size estimate: XS/S Measurements: Bust: 32-33 " waist: 24-25" Hips: 36" Sleeve length: 22 and 3/4" D...
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1960s Norman Norell

Norman Norell 1940s Matte Jersey Corseted Blouse and Skirt
By Norman Norell
Located in Carmel, CA
Norman Norell vintage 1940s black matte jersey blouse and skirt set. Blouse has a laced attached boned and corseted faille corset waistband and dolman cut sleeves. Skirt has a side m...
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Early 20th Century American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Couture Black Tailored Skirt Suit / Sleeveless Top, 1960s
By Norman Norell
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Norman Norrell is one of the most notable American designers throughout history. Indiana born, Norrell was a keen womenswear designer working primarily in gowns but also in clean, ta...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Rare 1960s Norman Norell Navy Blue + Ivory Vintage 60s Belted Smoking Jacket
By Norman Norell
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare historical piece of fashion from the brilliant NORMAN NORELL! Navy blue wool body, with any ivory satin shawl collar, sleeve cuffs, buttons, pockets and sash belt. Buttons are n...
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1960s French Norman Norell

Norman Norell Heavyweight Red Gathered Hostess Skirt - Small, 1960s
By Norman Norell
Located in Tucson, AZ
Stout enough to maintain fullness without using a petticoat, this skirt can stand out as the star of your ensemble or play a supporting role depending on how you style it. Pairs beautifully with our Pauline Trigère crop jacket (sold separately) whose lining is exactly the same shade of red. Vintage hostess skirt...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norell Vintage 1960's Tweed Skirt Suit
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Norell Vintage 1960's Tweed Skirt Suit with inset button holes and 2 front patch pockets. Skirt is lined and has a side sipper with hook closure. *ALL MEASUREMENTS TAKEN FLAT* Jack...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Wool Boucle Day Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Norman Norell, black, wool boucle, day dress, having a scoop neckline, short puff sleeves, a fitted princess line bodice and a slightly dropped waist.
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1960s American Norman Norell

NORMAN NORELL Vintage Gold Tone Cosmetic Set with Velvet Bag
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Norman Norell set is composed of a gold tone metal. Features "N" Logo labeling. Comes with a lipstick case, travel perfume case, and two mirrors with...
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20th Century American Norman Norell

1960's Norman Norell Royal Blue Silk 3 pc. Ensemble
By Norman Norell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Darling minimalist and quintessential 1960's 3 piece silk ensemble from Normal Norell. Jacket lis open cardigan style with 3/4 sleeves and patch pockets. Tops is sleeveless with a ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norell Vintage 1960'S Kelly Green Coat
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Norell Vintage 1960's Kelly Green 3 quarter double knit Coat with 3 patch pockets and silk lining. Coat has no closure. *ALL MEASUREMENTS TAKEN FLAT* Shoulder to shoulder : 13.5" ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

NORELL BLUE SEQUINED TOP AND CHIFFON SKIRT
By Norman Norell
Located in Alford, MA
Norman Norell is well known for his sequined creations. Here is an unusual version that, though unlabeled, is unmistakably Norell.

A casual style predominates, from th...
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1960s Norman Norell

Norell A Line Grey Wool Coat
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Elegant grey flannel wool A-line coat by Norman Norell. Double breasted fastening with taupe silk lining. Heavy quality construction with bound buttonholes and gusseted kimono 3/4 sl...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norell Pale Lemon Wool Coat, 1960s.
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Norell pale lemon yellow wool double breasted coat 1960s. Heavy weight wool with impeccable double breasted tailoring. Princess seaming.
Label missing.
Length: 38.5"...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell Neon Tangerine button front dress
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
What makes Norell's dreese so iconic is that with every dress made, Norell had incorporated enough material so that one can have the piece made up to four sizes larger if needed. Norell understood that.
Norman Norell's eleven (11) button front neon Tangerine dress...
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1970s American Norman Norell

Norman Norrel Ivory Moygashel Linen 2 piece Day Ensemble
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Ivory moygashel linen Norman Norrel 2 piece day dress. Sleeveless top is double breasted with slightly gathered straight skirt with 2 pockets.
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1960s American Norman Norell

Iconic Norman Norell Neon Tangerine with self-tie button-front dress
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
This wonderful timeless Iconic Norman Norell fully lined dress is in a neon tangerine hue. The lining is in silk of the same hue. The dress has a attached self-tie belt which measure...
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1970s American Norman Norell

Possible Norman Norell Metallic black & Gold stripe suit
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
This Metallic black and gold stripe skirt and matching coat is fully lined. The patch pockets on the coat measures 8 1/2" x 9 height, and the sleeves are 23 1/2", circumference is 10...
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1960s Norman Norell

Norman Norell Navy & Green stripe skirt
By Norman Norell
Located in New York, NY
Norman Norell fully lined skirt styled with panels of navy & green. Each panel measures 2 3/4" in width. The high waistband measures 2 1/2" in height with three heavy duty hook-n-...
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1970s Norman Norell

1960's Norman Norell Royal Blue Wool w. Self-Belt & Button Detail Day Dress
By Norman Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tailored blue wool long sleeve shift dress with attached belt detail, large patch-pockets, lined in blue silk with a reinforced hem. The dress zips up the back with a hook and eye at...
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1960s American Norman Norell

1960s Norman Norell Vintage Brown Wool Cropped Jacket
By Norman Norell
Located in Sparks, NV
Absolutely stunning construction! Vintage 1960s Norman Norell brown wool jacket with a pop up portrait collar. Fully lined in silk with front button and snap closure. Front patch poc...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Vintage 1968 Norman Norell Black Wool Over-Sized Collar Double Breasted Mod Coat
By Norman Norell
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This chic Norman Norell coat, in a timeless black color, exemplifies his signature blend of couture level quality with quintessentially American style. This gorgeous garment, dating ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

Norman Norell 1960's Vintage Silk Pink Driving Cap
By Norman Norell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Norman Norell 1960's Vintage Silk Pink Driving Cap. This cap is in fair vintage condition and has wear consistent with a piece that is 55 years old. There is one stain on the top of ...
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1960s American Norman Norell

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