Gorgeous 1970s Christian Dior by Frederic Castet Rich Brown-Black Fur Coat w Tie Belt
I have held this in my archives for several years now and I think that it is a stunning example of the fur pieces being produced at this point in Dior's history. This time period was known as the 'Golden Age' for the Dior fur division. Frederic Castet was appointed the head of the division after joining Dior in 1953. He single handedly restructured the fourrure department to follow the haute couture and the prêt-à-porter philosophy of the house in 1968. He was one of the first to treat fur like fabric and would dye it, trim it, pluck it and create whimsical fantasy pieces that had never been see prior. His presentations were held on the second floor of the Dior mansion on Avenue Montaigne. They were as wanted a ticket as the couture shows were and they were legendary in terms of the extravagant spectacles that he would put on to showcase his work. His work was worn by all the major stars from Sophia Loren to Elizabeth Taylor.
The color of the fur is a rich deep chocolate that is so dark that at first glance it almost appears to be a black. Underneath the undercoat is thick and plush with an almost reddish cast to it which is remarkable. I am not 100% sure what type of fur it is but it is very soft, supple and shiny. The coat is pieced together in a series of rows set vertically through the bodice and back and then horizontally for the skirt and sleeves. This gives the coat a subtle pattern that is lovely. It is cut in an almost trench coat style with a flared bottom that gives it some movement and shape. Big silver metal buttons run in a double row down the front. Slanted pockets sit on each hip and and it has its original matching tie belt that you can cinch to give the coat shape. The sleeves are wide and the collar is oversized and frames the face beautifully. You just slip it on and tie the belt and it has this great easy slouchy feel to it. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Fully lined in a black silky satin and closes with the buttons down the front and has an attached tie inside. Slip pockets on each hip and one hidden along the inside edge at the front. Matching tie belt. There is slight wear at some of the common points. The edges of the sleeves, pockets and along the front edges but it is very minor.
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
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