Incredible 1970s Arissa of France Ivory String 'Faux Fur' Alternative Coat
This is a wonderful 3/4 length string coat from the 1970s by the Arissa of France label. It is made entirely from curved set rows of soft and fluffy down cotton string. Many designers have emulated these coats but there is nothing like the original. You will see these pop up fairly often in the cropped length but the linger ones like this one are harder to find. I have one of these myself and will never give it up but was lucky enough to find a second for some lucky girl out there to own as well. The color of the cotton string is a pale ivory that is consistent from top to bottom. Any variations of color in the photos is the lighting only. The coat is as new looking in person and I doubt it was worn much, if at all. The cut is loose and easy and it is open down the front with large sized, hidden snaps to close it and slouchy , slant pockets on either hip. The inside is unlined and you can clearly see the way the string has been set onto the base and finished. It is meant to be big and slouchy once on so the size is almost irrelevant as they will fit pretty much any size. These can be styled for high, sexy glamour or keep it soft and romantic. These coats can top absolutely anything from jeans to an evening dress, making them an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. It is a timeless piece of instant glamour and a fabulous alternative to any type of fur, whether it be faux or real. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closed with hidden set, large snaps along the front. The color is consistent and the strings are strong and stable. These were cut to be worn over-sized and slouchy and it will fit a variety of sizes.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist to hips: open
Length: 48" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photo: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. Cherie is also wearing the "Isis" headpiece from the Magnetic Midnight Egyptomania collection (click here to see).
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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