Gorgeous 1980s Christian Dior 'Teddy Bear Soft Thick Faux Fur Swing Tent Flare Coat
I have held this in my archives for several years now and I think that it is a stunning example of the faux 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. By the 1980s he was doing extravagant presentations that only showcased his furs and had delved into faux furs as well. 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. This coat is just incredible.
The coat is made out of a faux made to look like a sheared sheepskin that has been brushed out so that is is soft and fluffy. It feels like what we now refer to as Teddy Bear coats. The color is that perfect soft camel color that will work with anything. It is a little bit paler in real life then how it photoed and the camera has added a bit of shadow. The colour is very even and pale in person and even better then how it looks here. The faux fur is very soft and thick. It is cut in a classic swing style with a flared bottom. Two large hand carved wood buttons sit at the neck and there are no other closures. Pockets are hidden along a seam on each hip. The sleeves are cut wide and full and there is a wide fold up cuff on each one. The collar is also big and full but it is set back away from the neck a bit so it doesn't feel bulky. It is a stunning piece. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a brown silk that is embroidered with the Dior logo throughout. It closes with the buttons at the neck. Pockets on each hip. I see no bald spots or shedding, the coat is supple and soft. The easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes. It has a decent weight to it
Sleeves: approx 26"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-XL
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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