arnold scaasi

Fabulous 1980s Arnold Scaasi Brilliant Red Quilted Velvet Oversized Cocoon Button Front Coat

Arnold Scaasi was born Arnold Isaacs in Montreal and the name Scassi is simply his own surname in reverse. He studied in Montreal and in Paris, apprenticed at the house of Paquin and then worked with the legendary Charles James. In 1964 he opened own couture salon. He dressed Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll and Elizabeth Taylor. He dressed several first ladies including Mamie Eisenhower, Hillary Clinton and both the Bush first ladies. He even once bragged that he refused to give Jackie clothes for free. He was the man behind the scandalous 1969 Barbra Streisand sheer trouser outfit that she collected her Oscar in, and he was presented with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. The coat was probably meant to be a lingerie / lounge at home piece but works fantastically as a coat now. It is so dramatic and in being so also so very Scaasi.  He himself once said 'I am not a minimalist designer! Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear.'

This coat is a dream. As good as it looks in the photos it is even better in person. The photos don't convey how soft the fabric is and how it really hold all that incredible volume around you. It is made from ultra short pile velvet type fabric that is top stitched into a shell patter. This pattern completely covers the coat giving it that texture that you see. The cut is huge and oversized. It's like having a blanket wrapped around you. The shoulders are soft and fall down the arm and the sleeve below that is cut wide and straight. You can wear them long or you could roll them up for a really relaxed feel. The body of the coat is equally as easy to wear. It is done with a loose, easy cut and cocoon feel. There are pockets hidden along each hip and the front is finished in a red piping that curves around and down to meet the hem. It closes down the front with red buttons and loops that leave a tiny bit of space showing. This will be one of your favourite things. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a red silky rayon and closes with the buttons down the front. Pockets along each hip. Piped edges. The cut is meant to be oversized and it is meant to be worn that way so should fit a range of sizes. It'll just be even more oversized on a smaller frame and feel more fitted on a larger.

Sleeves: 21" from the dropped shoulder
Dropped shoulders: 20"
Bust-hips: 23" and opening to 28" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA

Item# DD4482

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