1970s Unlabeled Arissa of France Deep Ivory Faux Fur Alternative String Coat
This is a wonderful hip length string coat from the 1970s by the Arissa of France label. Having had version of these in the shop before I instantly recognized it for what it was despite the fact that the original owner cut the label out. It is made entirely from curved set rows of a soft and fluffy cotton string. Many designers have made versions of these coats since, but there is nothing like the original. You will see these pop up fairly often in the truly cropped length that lands above the hip, but the longer ones like this one are harder to find. I have one of these myself and I always look for the longer ones for the shop. I have included photos of the even longer version of it that I have so you can get an idea of how it looks on, but please note that this one would probably land at about the edge, or just above, of the mini dress I am wearing in the shots. The color of the cotton string on this one is a deep ivory/pale beige color that is consistent from top to bottom. Any variations of color in the photos is the lighting only. The cut is loose and easy and it is open down the front with large sized, hidden snaps to close it. It has slouchy pockets on either hip. The inside is unlined and you can clearly see the way the string has been set onto the base and finished. It is meant to be big and slouchy once on so the size is almost irrelevant as they will fit pretty much any size. These can be styled for high, sexy glamour or keep it soft and romantic. These coats can top absolutely anything from jeans to an evening dress, making them an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. It is a timeless piece of instant glamour and a fabulous alternative to any type of fur, whether it be faux or real. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closed with hidden set, large snaps along the front. The color is consistent and the strings are strong and stable. These were cut to be worn over-sized and slouchy and it will fit a variety of sizes.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist to hips: open
Length: 31" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, 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.
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