Iconic Fall 1996 Gucci by Tom Ford Runway Look 29 Menswear Inspired Ivory Faux Fur Coat w
Vogue's coverage of the Fall 1996 started with a refernced back to his Fall show the year before; "Tom Ford's super sexy Fall 1995 show for Gucci was, as Vogue's Sarah Mower has put it, “one of those hitting-in-the-solar-plexus moments” for the fashion set. Two seasons later, his fall 1996 show had the same effect for a much broader audience, now receptive to Ford’s new/old take on glamour, and tiring of the waif. “People were maybe a little bit too afraid to celebrate hedonism on the runway,” Ford later said. Not so the be-stubbled Texan.Vogue dubbed the show, which closed with showstopping white jersey gowns that nodded to Halston and Elsa Peretti, the “fashion equivalent of a one-night stand at Studio 54.” This coat is the twin of Look 29 and it closed a series of white looks in the show that had a variety of coats topping them. This coat has since become one of the most iconic looks from this collection, after those aforementioned white gowns, and it is gorgeous.
The coat is in exceptional condition and appears to have been worn very little if at all. The style is very much like a menswear piece in its cut and that bit of a twist on gender and power is exactly what often made Tom's work for Gucci so powerful and seductive. The collar is wide and full with a notched front and this gives it that perfect touch of drama. The sleeves are cut straight with a bit of fullness to them. The coat is made from a faux fur that has a wonderful feel and is done in an ivory. The fabric is soft to the touch and moves well once on. The fabric choice let him keep the lines and shape of the coat exactly as he intended them. It has a very men's coat feel to it but softened and with that fantastic fit that Tom excelled at. I also love the way he played on the direction of the 'pelts'. Placing them vertically for the body of the coat for length and then horizontally on the sleeves and collar for visual interest. The front does up with a double row of Gucci etched buttons. It is easy fitting through the body. The bottom portion of the coat flares out in a soft and easy shape. Pockets are hidden low on each hip. Once this coat is on it has this amazing slouchy cool feel that is just unbeatable. I love it and it is also a remarkable piece of fashion history. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
The coat is fully lined in a Gucci embossed silk lining with braided cording around the inner edge of the coat. It closes with buttons as shown. The buttons have a Gucci logo etched into them. There is a vent at the back to make it easy to walk. Tagged a vintage Gucci 42
Shoulders: approx 16.5"
Inner bust: to 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 49.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos/Video: Fall 1996 Gucci Runway, Look 29. Model Georgina Grenville.
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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