c.1959 Documented Givenchy Haute Couture Black Wool Coat
Every piece of Haute Couture is special but when I can also document a coat with an editorial reference it makes it even more so. This particular coat dates to the 1959 collection and aversion in an orange hue appeared in the December issue of L'Officiel. This is the far more wearable and timeless black version and everything about this piece is perfection. The double row of buttons at the front and curving cut makes it feel as chic and wearable now as it was when first made. It is entirely finished by hand - you can clearly see that hand work in the setting of the lining into the dress and all the inner seams would be by hand as well. It is remarkable and a very important and special piece.
The coat has a deceptively simple cut that hides its precision seams and tailored cut. It is constructed with vertical seams that gently create the curve of the coat so that it skims over the body with a slight flare as it nears the hem. There are little hidden silk lined pockets along the outer side seams. The fabric is a coat weight black wool and the weight of the fabric allowed Givenchy to be able to sculpt the shape he desired. Black buttons adorn the front in a double row for a slight military or pea coat feel. I love the notched collar and the sculptural effect the coat has once on. No shortcut was taken in the construction and it is a stand out piece in every possible way. Black is never the easiest to photo but I can guarantee that however much you love it in the photographs, that it is infinitely better in person. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a hand set black silk of very high quality. Proper finished buttonholes. The coat closes with buttons at the front and inner silk covered snaps. There is a tiny opening to the seam of the inner lining just under the label (you can see it in the photos) and it was left as found so there are no stitches other then the original. It would of course be very simple to close this if you are buying to wear rather then collect. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. The Haute Couture numbered tape label is present under the main label and is numbered #25, followed by an unidentifiable number, followed by 40
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) L'Officiel de la mode, December 1959. / (2-3) Shrimpton Couture founder Cherie photographed by Erin Leydon.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.