Fall 1985 Valentino Runway Felted Wool & Velvet Trim Over-sized Coat w Huge Rose Print Coat
This is a beautiful example of Valentino's work that he was doing during the 1980s for his ready to wear boutique label. I have had the dress that matches this coat in the shop a very long time ago and was very pleased to find the coat after all these years. A couple of versions of it walked the runway that season and they were captured in runway shots where the models are decadently dragging the coats behind them in that very eighties runway kind of way. This one has hand hand written tag on it near the label so is possibly one of the actual pieces shown on the runway or was perhaps a special order. I love it.
This is that perfect over-sized, padded shoulder coat that feels suddenly so fresh again. It's overdone proportions were meant to balance out more fitted things underneath and that still holds true today. That impact of its volume mixed with that huge rose print is just fantastic. The coat is made out of a wool that has a felted feel to it. This gives it a lovely matte and soft texture that I am sure he did deliberately to mimic the velvet texture of a rose petal. It also softens the print and gives it a dreamy romantic feel. The coat is cut in that very eighties way with wide set, strongly padded shoulders. The sleeves are long and lean and the coat is a straight column from the shoulder to the hem. On the dress form it comes in a bit toward the bottom and it will do that a touch on an actual body too, but when laid out flat out it does have a very straight, long feel. Pockets sit low on each hip and a third one sits at one breast to giving it a touch of masculine suit cut. The collar is high and done in a ring of black velvet. That play between the masculine and the feminine is something that Valentino excelled at and this coat is the perfect combination of the two. It is perfectly representative of the feminine 'power dressing' look of this era. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a quilted black silk satin and zippers to close at the front. Padded shoulders and all the pockets are functional. It is meant to be oversized so should fit a range of sizes.
Shoulders: set over the natural shoulder due to the padding and are 17.5"
Bust: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist-hips: 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 49.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photo: F/W 1985 Valentino Runway Collection
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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