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Early 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Deep Purple Wool Coachman Cape

This wonderful cape is from the Fall 1970 collection. A similar cut coat version with a shorter cape  and its twin was photoed on Francois Hardy for Vogue in 1970 and this cape has that same feel. That and the label it has tell us that it is from around that same time period. It is made of a gorgeous, deep purple wool and is cut to be fitted and sleek through the inner body. At the lower portion of the inner coat part, it flares out dramatically when you move because of two high slits that run up the hem on both sides. There are two pockets on each hip and it buttons up the front with big glossy domed buttons. This inner part is unlined so your arms are left free and easy. Over this is a wonderful and full cape that is attached around the neckline. This is cut so that it hangs longer at the center of both the front and back. There is a tin of fabric in it so that when you move you get wonderful movement from the fabric. It is a good weight and warm so practical as well. This is a very unusual and rare color that I have not seen before. Normally you see these in black or browns only. The cut is impeccable and it is a great piece of fashion history. Excellent condition with a minor note below

Unlined and buttons down the front to close. Pockets along the side hips. There is one teeny pinhole that is hidden under the cape when its on and a couple of tiny nips on the very top of the fabric near the shoulder. These are very faint. It should fit a variety of sizes

Inner bust: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from neck to hem
Slits at the sides: 21" from hem up
Cape: to 35" from neck to longest point

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# C526

Reference Photo: (1) Francoise Hardy wearing a coachman's coat with small cape by Yves Saint Laurent for Vogue, August 1st, 1970.  /  (2) Yves Saint Laurent Cape, 1969.  /  (3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture. (Cherie is also wearing a c.1997 YSL Hat - click here to shop that)

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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