Museum Exhibited F/W 2000 Chloe Runway Plastic Feather Coat
This was Look 49 in the Fall 2000 runway. Stella McCartney's time as head designer at Chloe really launched her career and it was pieces like this that also firmly entrenched her stance on not using any animal products in her collections - which in 2000 was not necessarily the norm. She was one of the front runners of this movement. Vogue.com said of this collection:
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Designer of the Year nominee for her Chloé collection, Stella McCartney drew inspiration from her own childhood memories of the '70s and '80s. And since the self-proclaimed "Rock Princess'" impressionable years moved to a disco beat, so did this racy collection..... Stella set the tone for the collection with short, batwing-sleeved jersey disco dresses, trellised with Art Deco beading—all set for Studio 54. Inspired by the allure of a girl shrugging her "boyfriend's secondhand coat" over a skimpy dress.....Quirky, too, were the deluxe knitting bags, transformed from the prosaic via dense beading of hand-cut feather-shaped sequins. This embroidery later appeared fringing the sleeves of mini shifts—and as entrance-making jackets and coats—like "plastic fake fur," enthused Sean Lennon, who joined Stella's ever-supportive dad Paul McCartney in the audience.
On the runway this was shown topping a pair of simple black pants and nothing else underneath. This particular coat has the added distinction of being displayed in the 2014 Design Exchange exhibit "Politics of Fashion". It was a key piece and mentioned in almost every press release and article written about the exhibit.
The jacket is made of a linen base that is covered with hand placed iridescent plastic "feathers" that are arranged in an ombre pattern so that the feathers darken as they near the hem. In between the rows are tiny hand set glass beads. Each "feather" glows and catches the light and the effect when this jacket is on and you move is breathtaking. This jacket was made in very limited quantities and sold out before they even hit the shop floors. This is both an iconic piece of fashion history and an important hallmark piece of Stella's career. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in the same linen and closes with a series of hook & eye down the front.
Sleeves: 23" (add 2.5" with the feathers)
Bust: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 27" from neck to hem (29.5" from neck to feathers)
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: (Runway) vogue.com
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