1971 Courreges Numbered Hyperbole Bright Orange Wool Coat w Quilted Interior
Andre Courreges introduced his Hyperbole label in 1970 as a ready to wear line. The contrasting white with the vivid orange is a predominant theme and gave the pieces a more sporty look. The unusual colour choice combined with his signature cuts make them instantly recognizable as being his work. Similar examples are held in museums worldwide and I am always pleased to have his original work in the shop.
This is a really great coat that has some weight to it making it warm and cozy to wear. It is belted for a slight touch of definition through the waist and the big flap pockets with those white buttons at the front act as both a design feature and give it a sense of sporty utility. Big round white buttons do up the front and at the back there is a row of them that run down the middle of the back. These are all functional buttons which is remarkable and shows you the level of quality in RTW back then. It is cut to skim over the body and be more fitted through the top and then the bottom portion is cut on a bit of a flare to the hem. The neckline is structured and set high with a collar that is set back to the sides and curls over. Epaulets sit on the top of shoulder with more button detailing. The seams are topstitched in a thread that is the same colour as the wool. Inside, the coat is finished with a quilted padding that keeps you warm. Courreges once commented when asked about how his fit and cuts came about, saying that it 'was somewhere between a youthful and optimistic inventiveness, and a concept of fashion embracing the platonic ideal of perfect form. What was needed was to apply new technical and aesthetic rules and to create a modern style that was easy to wear.' Excellent overall condition with notes to review below
The jacket buttons to close at the front and it has its original belt that buttons into place. More buttons run down the back vent and are set at each cuff. The pockets button to close as seen. It is tagged a Courreges size 00. There are a few grazes out of the wool near the hem and on the lower portion of the coat. All are stable and do not go fully through and did not worsen after being dry cleaned. A minor mark to the interior lining. Please see all the photos after the label shot. It presents as excellent.
Slightly inset shoulders: 13.5"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 45" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Courreges (left) and Miss Dior (right) coats, L'officiel magazine, 1971.
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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