Fashion Magazine

Neiman Marcus Department Store in 1945

By Glamourdaze @GlamourdazeBlog

The Most Glamorous Department Store in America –

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store

Daphne : Where did Mrs. Crane go, anyway?
Niles : She’s making her annual pilgrimage to the holy land.
Martin : I thought Maris was going to Dallas to visit her sister.
Niles : That is her holy land. It’s the site of the first Neiman Marcus.

Frasier TV Series
Episode:Travels with Martin

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store2

In 1945 Life Magazine paid a visit to the Neiman Marcus Department store in Dallas Texas. Photographer Nina Leen preserved the occasion with these glamorous images of American women’s fashion. Set in the heart of Texan oil country – hundreds of miles from the nations fashion capitals, at the corner of Ervay and Main street in Dallas, Neiman Marcus Department store was a phenomenon.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store6

The four story building was a place for women, devised first by Herbert Marcus and then run by his son by Stanley,the hearts of these men were most definitely on the sides of the feminine. By 1945 the store was primarily a place for women’s clothes. It sold more dresses by more couture designers than any other store in the US. The same could be said for its shoes, hats and jewelry (Tiffany and Black among others).
The store was designed like a Hollywood set and boasted theatrical elegance to match the opulence of its clothing departments. Its models and shop assistants were as glamorous as any Hollywood actress.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store5

Founded in 1907 by Stanley’s father Herbert Marcus and his sister Carrie Neiman, it started as it meant to continue – selling only feminine garb. It certainly stood out in a city which had heretofore prospered in cattle, cotton, wheat and then oil. However the fashion store got off to a shaky start when it burned to the ground in 1914! Another famous story told by Stanley was that in 1907 the other option for his father to invest his $25,000 in was the fledgling Coca Cola company. “Neiman Marcus was basically founded on bad judgement!” Stanley often joked. Bad judgment not withstanding, Neiman Marcus went on to become an iconic fashion name. It stood above its peers in other ways too when in a racially divided South in the 1950s, Stanley defied his shareholders wishes by hiring the first black female store assistants in Texas.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store4

Neiman Marcus model in three different day suits for 1945

His father was a shrewd man and he and his sister spotted a major unexploited local market. a most exclusive  free spending clientele – the ladies of the newly rich oil drillers and cattle barons. In return for their loyalty Neiman Marcus staged the newest styles with weekly, monthly and annual fashion events.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store7

A fashion show at Neiman Marcus Dallas store Texas in 1945 – Photo by Nina Leen

At these fashion shows, models displayed designs sometimes before the likes of even Fifth Avenue. Gowns were not displayed on mere racks but on living breathing models. Designers featured in the visit by Life magazine included Hattie Carnegie, John Fredericks, Lilly Dache, Tina Leser, Nettie Rosenstein, Clare Potter, Adrian to name but a few.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store3

A typical Neiman Marcus shop assistant in 1945

Customers arriving at Neiman Marcus were confronted by a staff of perfumed sales women and models who would firmly but pleasantly guide her through the confusion created by the opulent choice of dresses, lingerie, shoes, cosmetics, bags, coats, jewels, and hats. The store prided itself in being exclusive and was tough with its suppliers. Should they find that a competitor had one of its items, they would withdraw the garment immediately and return to its supplier.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store10

Mrs Guiberson starts her day at Neiman Marcus by viewing foundations

The customer featured here by Nina Leen was a Mrs Guiberson who is viewing several undergarments, beginning with foundation wear.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store9

Next, Mrs Guiberson has a look at slips.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store- shoes

Next she examines and tries on several pairs of shoes.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store - shoes

Now she tries on a few selected pairs of heels to go with her new outfit.

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store -fall suit and hats

Mrs Guiberson now looks at a model wearing the latest early Fall suit. She loves the suit and has decided to take it. So what hat to wear with it!!?

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store

And finally that all important new handbag !

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store

Having made her choice of foundation wear, shoes and suit. Mrs Guiberson herself models the ensemble for Nina Leen !

Neiman-Marcus---The-1940s-US-Fashion-Store

Neiman-Marcus models relax in between shows

Back in 1936 Vogue editor Edna Chase declared “I have dreamed all my life of the perfect store for women. Then I saw Neiman Marcus and my dream came true !”

That’s all !
©Glamourdaze.com 2018
Images by Nina Leen ©Time Inc

Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus

Read 1940s Fashion – A Most Glamorous Department Store


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 5 Fictional Fashion Icons Who Can Inspire You to Look Stylish, Cool & Quirky

    Fictional Fashion Icons Inspire Look Stylish, Cool Quirky

    5 fictional fashion icons who would inspire you to look stylish, cool and quirky Being stylish usually means keeping up with the latest trends and maintaining... Read more

    The 24 June 2018 by   Khadija Beauty
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Some Other June

    Some Other June

    Still camera-less but around here, one June looks much like another. These are from 2014 but they could have been taken yesterday -- day lilies rioting, tomatoe... Read more

    The 24 June 2018 by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • A Guide to Choosing the Best Summer Fabrics

    Guide Choosing Best Summer Fabrics

    In summer, with high temperatures, to survive the heat it is important to wear clothing that let the skin breathe. There are types of fabrics that in contact... Read more

    The 24 June 2018 by   Fashionbloggeritalia
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • Tasting Notes: Black Isle: 5-A-Day

    Tasting Notes: Black Isle: 5-A-Day

    Black Isle: 5-A-Day (Scotland: Fruit Session IPA: 3.5% ABV)Visual: Darkened yellow to brown. Very large off white bubbled head.Nose: Passion-fruit. Lightly... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Alcoholandaphorisms
    DRINK, FOOD & DRINK
  • About 60% of Methane is Released By Oil and Gas Operations, Study Shows

    About Methane Released Operations, Study Shows

    About 60% of Methane is Released By Oil and Gas Operations than EPA Thought, Study Shows Based on a study which was released on Thursday, it has been... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Rinkesh
    ENVIRONMENT
  • Classic Media Advertising Pages

    Classic Media Advertising Pages

    I frequently feel like running the Harvey Mercheum is a lot like juggling, trying to keep many balls in the air at once. It turns out that I am a terrible... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Hmcurator
    BOOKS
  • Blogs to Check Out

    Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. Summer break is here! Finally. I didn’t think it would ever get here. Winter was way too long this year. This summe... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Lisaorchard
    LIFESTYLE

Magazines