Iconic 1960s Andres Courreges Vivid Orange & White Vinyl Coat or Dress w Original Belt
Andre Courreges made these amazing faux leather coats out of a coated vinyl starting around 1963 and into the early 1970s. The vinyl give it a more sporty look and was also considered to be a cutting edge fabric during this time period. It also features his logo prominently on the front which was also rather daring for this era. He was one the first designers to do this. The twin of this coat along with many versions and variations of it are held in museums world-wide.
This can be worn as either a coat or a dress with something underneath. It is belted for definition through the waist and the big pockets at the front act as both a design feature and give it a sense of sporty utility. The front closes with a row of his signature white painted snaps and at the back there is a row hidden under the vent that allows you to close it for a more dress feel. You can also unsnap them and leave them open so that the bottom portion of the coat has more volume. It is cut to skim over the body and be more fitted through the top. Courreges once commented when asked about how his fit and cuts came about, saying that it 'was somewhere between a youthful and optimistic inventiveness, and a concept of fashion embracing the platonic ideal of perfect form. What was needed was to apply new technical and aesthetic rules and to create a modern style that was easy to wear.' This longer coat style is harder to find and more rare then its cropped counterparts and this one is in one of the best and most coveted of the colours; the brilliant orange. These are now skyrocketing in price and I have seen them more than double this one's price. This in is a size vintage Courreges size C which is a harder to find size too. Excellent overall condition with notes to review below
The jacket snaps to close at the front and it has its original belt that also snaps into place. More snaps close the back vent and each cuff. The pockets zipper as seen. Inside, the lining can be fully removed and snaps into place. It is tagged a Courreges size C. There is wear to the vinyl exterior at all the movement points and the logo on these always goes to a cream as they age. Minor wear to the paint on a couple of the snaps and grubbiness here and there. Inside the lining there is a some small missing piece near one snap and off of the body the lining hangs past the hem. Another common thing you see with these. The exterior flaws are normal wear and patina for this fabric and it presents as excellent. The interior issues are minor and the fabric is strong and stable. Please see all the photos after the label shot.
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Model in Courreges, L'Officiel c.1970s. / (2) 1963-69 Courreges Coat from The Met Collection. / (3) Courreges Coat from the Istanbul Fashion Museum Adnan Ege Kutay Collection. / (4) From the book "Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th century. Volume II - The 20th Century." by The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute and Taschen. / (5-6) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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