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Fall 1961 Silk Brocade Christian Dior Silk Numbered Coat

This wonderful little silk coat is from the London Boutique and is numbered making it a custom or special order. This would have been based on the Dior Haute Couture collection. You can clearly see the same, unique button technique in the several refernce photos included here. The Fall of 1961 marked the end to Yves Saint Laurent's career at Dior and the beginning of Marc Bohan's nineteen year reign at the house of Christian Dior. His first show was a triumph and was met with great acclaim. New York Times reported pandemonium - "the shouting, clapping, surging mob at the press showing caused chaos in the elegant salon. Monsieur Bohan was kissed, mauled, and congratulated. Chairs were toppled."

This coat is wonderful. It is made of a rich silk that has a raised embroidered pattern giving it a 3D effect. I have tried to capture the fabric from the side so you can see how it is raised. In person the color is richer and deeper and has a real lush, rich feel to it. Woven through the cream silk and silk thread are defining lines of gold thread that really define the design on the silk and give it an added feeling of luxury. The coat is cut neat and slim with a notched collar and lean sleeve. It closes off side with those signature frog knot button combination of this collection. Two slim panels of fabric give definition at the front waist and faux pocket flaps lie low on the hip accenting the flared bottom panels. The back is left simple and neat with the attention given to the cut and line, allowing that amazing fabric to take center stage. This one is truly luminescent in person and you will fall in love instantly! Excellent, museum quality condition. It appears unworn.

Fully lined in hand set silk taffeta. Faux pockets on each hip. Closes with the two large frog knot button combinations offset at the front.

Sleeves: 20"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2177

Reference photos: Dior 1961 L'Officiel 1961 / Christian Dior Couture Pumpkin Wool Boucle Suit French, Fall-Winter 1961, Doyle New York. / unknown.

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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