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Important Spring 1970 Valentino Haute Couture Ivory Wool Coat w Intricate PinTuck Detailing

This is an exceptional example of Valentino's Haute Couture work that he was doing at the cusp of the 1970s. It is an extension of the collection that he showed for the 1969 with it's ivory colour and chic feel. Finding pieces from this time period in such wonderful condition is a rarity and I am very pleased to have this beautiful coat in the shop. I am also pleased to have found a reference photo from that season so that you have an idea of just how elegant this coat is once on the body. It is an extraordinary and historically important piece of Valentino's couture work and it is utterly gorgeous to boot.

The coat manages to elegantly combine a seemingly simple feel with the precise seams and masterfully tailored precision cut that it is finished with. It is constructed with long vertical seams that create the curves of the coat. The coat is more fitted through the upper bodice and then skims over the waist and flares out just very slightly as it nears the hem. The collar is neat with a beautiful notched front and rounded curves that sit high up on the neck. The fabric is a creamy ivory wool and this fabric choice allowed Valentino to be able to sculpt the exact shape that he desired. Mother of Pearl feeling buttons adorned with a gold brass rims run down the front in a double row for a slight military or pea coat feel. Circling all the way around you above and below the waist line is a series of precisely done pin tucks that add detailing to the coat and also emphasis the waist while still allowing it to simply skim over the body. What is even more extraordinary is that the same pin-tuck detailing has been done to the lining as well. This is the kind of detail that you would only ever see in couture where no detail was left undone. No shortcuts were taken in the construction of this coat and it is a stand out piece in every possible way. Cream and ivory colours is never the easiest to photo and I can assure you that it is even better in person. Excellent condition with a couple of minor notes below.

Fully lined in a hand set ivory silk taffeta. Proper finished buttonholes. The coat closes with buttons at the front and an inner button. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. Pockets on each hip. This is a medium weight coat. I see a small and very faint mark on the back of one elbow. A slight bit of rust on one button. Please see the shots after the label shot. It looks like some of the inner seams have been reinforced. Any colour change in the photos is lighting. It is a slightly more creamy colour in person and better then how it photoed. 

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 53" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3901

Reference Photo: Spring 1970 Valentino.

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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