Documented 1962 Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Rose Printed Coated Cotton Raincoat
Marc Bohan began his career in 1945 under Robert Piguet and stayed there for four years. He then became an assistant to Edward Molyneux and then went on to design for Madeline de Rauch for a year. In 1953 he produced one single collection under his own name and then was wooed away to design for Jean Patou where he designed their Haute Couture collections. In 1958 he landed at Dior where he designed the Christian Dior London label until September of 1960. It was at this point that he took over from Yves Saint Laurent and remained the Creative Director at Dior until 1989. This coat would be an early piece under his direction and I found two instances of its documentation that I have included here. I have seen one other for sale out there but this one has the lovely added provenance of having the original owners name embroidered into the lining. A small touch that makes it that much more special.
This is such a lovely piece. It is made out of a coated cotton so that it will apparently withstand the rain but certainly presents itself as a gorgeous light jacket or coat and not a rain specific piece. The cotton is covered in a large rose print that just pops off of the black backdrop. It is in absolutely perfect condition and it looks as fresh as it would have the day out was put onto the rack in 1962. The sleeves are cut to the elbow and each is full above its buttoned cuff. I love the volume that has been added there and the precise tailoring to achieve that effect. The collar uses the same pleating techniques to give it a touch of volume and you can see in the one reference photo how great it will looked flipped up to frame the face. The collar is cut to curve around the back of the neck and then has a notched and angled collar below that at the front. The body of the coat is quite generous and the matching belt can be worn two ways. You can wrap and cinch it for maximum shape or you can slip it through the openings along the seam on either side and run it inside the coat at the back and tie and cinch just the front part. This allows the back to stay loose and very full. I have photoed it both ways for you to see. Pockets run along the front on each hip and the fabric choice has just enough weight to hold the fabric how you wish it to fall once belted. Hand covered silk snaps help to hold everything perfectly in place as well. It is absolutely a little treasure of a piece and I love it. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with silk covered snaps and the tie belt as descried above. Pockets on each hip and the cuffs each button to close. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. The loose and easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes.
Sleeves: approx 16.5"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Dior Fashion in The Salem Ohio Newspaper, 1962. / (2) Model in Dior, Harper's Bazaar, April 1962.
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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