1980s Leopard & Velvet Moschino Couture Coat

When my client presented me with this coat I almost fainted. It is so utterly fabulous it was overwhelming! If you love it in the pictures you will be even more happy when you see it in person. The cut is loose and almost middle eastern in feel. It has a strong nod to the caftan in cut and is made from a fine, soft, cotton velvet mixed with a faux leopard print that is a startling and bold combination. All the edges of the coat are finished in thick panels of brocade and then is lined with a panel of bead work with various sized beads. More brocade and braided ribbon is set near the hem. A Moschino piece is not complete without a touch of whimsy and for this piece that element is brought in by the addition of gold sequin hearts - each edged in a red yarn and hand stitched into place. It looks to have never been worn and is immaculately constructed. Truly an amazing and rare piece of couture that you will be stopped in the streets and asked about every time you wear it! Excellent, unworn condition.

This coat ended up being purchased by Rihanna. It was heavily photographed when she wore it out and she landed in the #1 spot on the best dress list while wearing it!

The cut is very caftan feeling - my mannequin is a size 4-6 and it is not pinned on her. It will easily work as an over-sized garment on a smaller girl and work equally well on a larger frame. Fully lined in a black silky rayon and all the inside edges of the cuffs and front edging have a panel of velvet along the inside edge. Hand finishes. It closes with huge bold round buttons in a gold tone metal and velvet loops.

Sleeves: 19" from the dropped shoulder
Dropped shoulders: 21" across
Bust: to 24"flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 30 flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: over 30" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD969

Rihanna photo: Rihanna's instagram
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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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