Fox trimmed velvet evening coat, 1970s
The original owner said the coat was from Dior. There is no label or documentation, but given the exceptionally chic styling, this stunning coat could well be Dior. You will make a dramatic fashion statement with or without the label. If you can trace the exact style to Dior, then you have just tripled the value of your purchase.
The coat was made from black rayon velvet and is totally lined with black taffeta. The hood and three-quarter length sleeves are trimmed with wide borders of fox fur. The romantic fur trim is reminiscent of the Siberian look made popular by Julie Christie in the movie Dr. Zhivago (1965).
Shaped with princess line seams that flare out below the waist in a full circle skirt, the figure flattering cut adds fullness to the skirt without adding bulk in the hips. The three-quarter-length sleeves are perfect with fashionable long gloves.
A plush velvet coat belongs in the wardrobe of a beautiful and desirable woman. Beauty is a habit of living, and a valuable one to acquire. Beauty that a woman creates for herself affects her attire and even her facial expression. In the end, she comes to look like her own ideal image of herself.
Velvet and fur make a fabulous fashion combination; both materials connote plush and luxurious elegance. Fur has been associated with royal habiliments from earliest historical times. Fortuny called velvet "the aristocrat of stuffs." Black velvet resides in our archetypal fashion memory as the most glamorous and opulent fabric of all.
This dates from the 15th century when Philip the Good of Burgundy, wealthier and more powerful than the King of France, chose to wear black velvet to distinguish himself from his peacock courtiers, who wore brightly colored garments.
The mark of a truly fashionable garment is that it remains ultra stylish 50 years later, as does this sumptuous velvet coat. Name, wealth, and even a beautiful face are devalued if style is absent, when the myth of elegance is lost.
The condition is almost excellent. The velvet has been reinforced around the closures. Since the reinforcement barely shows, it does not spoil the appearance of the coat.
It measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, 44" hip, 15" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 58" from shoulder to front hem.