1950s Handmade Woven Gold & Iridescent Purple Shantung Silk Evening Coat

This is a beautiful coat with very fine workmanship and beautiful construction. The purple exterior and dusty pink lining is very striking and that dramatic collar makes it more so. It is made from a fine purple silk that has golden thread woven through it. These bits of gold are done in a beautiful floral and leaf pattern that is densely done so that from afar they almost appear to be solid contrasting panels. As you get closer you start to see detail after detail. The cut is wonderfully and the collar is eye catching. The sleeves end just above the wrist. I have shown the sleeves at their full length but there is actually a full panel of the gold in the inside sleeve. You could wear this with the sleeves ends turned over for a shorter sleeve and even more gold showing. The collar is very wide and curves around the shoulders. It is completely covered in the gold and has seaming so that it stands up and away from the body of the coat a touch. The gold then follows the front edging down to the hem. The simple line this creates keeps the line from any distraction and highlights that stunning fabric that makes this coat truly special. It's label tells us that is was a custom tailored piece that would have been specialty made and/ordered out of Hong Kong, who were doing some of the best silks and tailored pieces in the world during this time period. Excellent condition with one small note below

Fully lined in a very fine deep dusty pinky-purple silk and has no front closures. The easy cut will allow it to fit a variety of sizes. There is one small mark on one side that I have shown in the last photo here.

Shoulders: no defined seams
Sleeves: approx 21" with the cuffs turned down
Bust: 21" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 22" flat across the back from side to side
Hips: 23" flat across the back from side to side
Length: 39" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-MED

Item# C522

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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