1950s Black Silk Evening Coat w Heavy Beading at the Hem, Cuffs & Waist
The construction on this coat is wonderful. It is hand made and the tailoring on it is really extraordinary. It's label tells us that is was a custom tailored piece that would have been specialty ordered out of the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong who were doing the best bead work & tailoring in the world during this time period.
The choice of the black silk makes it very easy to wear for multiple occasions. It would have been considered a formal evening piece during its time period but now, a modern girl could wear almost anything with it. It is made from a very high end black silk that has some weight and structure to it. This allows it to keep that wonderful shape that you see. The cut of the coat is very simple and elegant. There is no collar or visible closures on the coat to break the lines of it. Instead it has a series of hidden hook & eye that run down the front and seem almost invisible whether it is closed or open. This highlights just how perfectly the beaded bands at the waist and hem line up to each other where they meet at the front. At the waist and hem there is a wise panel of bead work. Another wide band of the beads also circle each cuff of the sleeves. The beads are glossy black glass tube beads that are all set by hand. An incredible amount of work given that there are literally thousands of them. The sleeves are cut to just above the elbow and the coat is generous through the body. It is very beautiful. Excellent condition with one small note to review below
Fully lined in a fine black silk and closes with hidden hook & eye down the front. It is fairly heavy as the bead work is very thick and extensive but it sits well when on and does not actually feel heavy when worn. Hidden silk lined pockets at the front seams. Hand finished and hand beaded. Light padding in each shoulder under the lining. There is a tiny amount of bead work missing at the front waist on one side. Please see the photo after the label shot.
Bust: 20" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20" flat across the back from side to side
Hips: 23" flat across the back from side to side
Length: 38" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG
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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