Rare 1968 Bonnie Cashin Museum Held Fox Fur & Suede Coat
This coat is instantly recognizable as being by Bonnie Cashin and a version of it is actually held in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts collection. I also found a ad for the coat that ran in both the New Yorker and Vogue for the September issue. Cashin launched her label in 1952 after a successful career in costume design. She was a highly influential innovator who created loose-fitting sportswear and light, layered clothing. In 1972 she was inducted into the Coty American Fashion Critics Hall of Fame and her work continues to be regarded as an important part of fashion history
This is a rare opportunity to own one of her iconic pieces. The coat is a combination of a natural colored suede and a fox. The suede is used for the rounded shoulders and upper bodice all the way around to the back and the wide cut sleeves. It is cut to be more fitted around the shoulders and then flares out to have a ton of volume through the body and to the hem. The fur is used as a neat round collar to frame the neck and then covers the lower portion of the coat. The inside is lined a matching colored jersey which in itself is a very unusual fabric choice. I love that there are hidden pockets along the inset front seams. It closes with simple suede ties at the neck and where the fur starts under the suede part. Excellent condition with a small note below.
Fully lined in jersey and loosely closes with the ties at the front. The coat is in as found condition and does have a slight vintage odor. The pelts are still supple and glossy. There is a bit of grubbiness to the suede here and there and some natural patina from normal wear. There are some small pinholes scattered here and there on the lining. The open cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes
Shoulders: no true seams
Bust: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 33" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) 1960s Bonnie Cashin Coat at The MET Online Collection. / (2) 1968 Bonnie Cashin Ad, New Yorker and Vogue. / (3) Vogue, September 1968
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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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