Incredible Fall 2006 Alexander McQueen Black Cashmere Coat w Detachable Fur Collar
My client purchased this coat and it was actually her husband who found it for her that day in the shop and brought it over. I'm sharing this story because there is a little additional component to it that I love. Alexander was in the shop that day and as her husband was walking it over, he noticed and came over and held it while she slipped it on. She was debating whether to go with this size or the size up and Lee insisted that she wear this size. She told me that he wanted it as fitted as possible on her and she went with his opinion. I asked her to be able to share this memory with you because I feel like for his pieces especially it is an important part of the provenance to know that he actually handled this coat himself during the buying process that day. That just makes me incredibly happy to know and it makes me feel like this coat is a little extra special because of it.
When I saw this coat I literally gasped out loud. It is that amazing. This is a magnificent example of his tailoring skills and sense of cut and line. The coat is made from a beautiful 100% cashmere in a rich deep black. My client only wore the coat a couple of times and it is pristine. The cashmere is rich and thick. The coat is immaculately tailored. The sleeves are long and each ends in a turned up cuff. The shoulders are soft with perhaps the barest minimum of inner structural padding to hold the shape. The cut is shaped by long vertical seams and the ones at the back are curved to add some shape through the waist. At the front a 6" wide collar extend from around the neck and falls the full length of the coat on either side of the opening. At the bottom the outer edges of that long collar detail are tacked into place so that it stays perfectly in place no matter how you move. This also allows the collar to slightly sit out from the base of the coat underneath to give it a slight bit of volume. It is just genius. A glossy black fur collar wraps around your neck and falls to the waist. I think it is a dyed fox and the pelt is supple and glossy. It is as immaculate as the day it was made. This collar buttons into place so you can easily wear it without the fur if you wished. Pockets sit along each hip and then the final perfect detail is that incredible braided rope belt. The belt is extra long and made from a braided soft black leather it is thick and beautiful. Three tassels extending out from each knotted end and each tie is finished with a long tassel in a black yarn. This is a mix of textures along with the beautiful cut of the coat all come together to create one of the most magnificent coats I've ever seen in my life. This is machine at his best mixed with a wonderful story of his personal involvement with this exact coat. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk with white piping detail where the silk meets the cashmere. It closes with the leather tie belt and otherwise has no closure. Tagged a McQueen 44.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs and fur trimmed pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. Fur coats are final sale.
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