Rare 1960s Christian Dior Pale Ivory Mink Coat w Python Snake Insets

I have held this in my archives for several years now and I think that it is a stunning example of the fur pieces being produced at this point in Dior's history. I am no expert on furs but believe this it is mink. The color is a pale ivory with touches of a natural tint to it that is stunning in person. The fur is supple and soft and in very good condition. It is applied through the body of the coat in series of horizontal rows that become a design feature in themselves. In between the rows are bands of snake skin that contrast against the fur. The sleeves are a solid pelt with a large wide cuff defined with another snake inset above it. Each sleeve is cut straight and full and the collar is a classic notched wide collar. It is cut in an easy style that gradually widens out to a bit of a flared bottom. Pockets are hidden along the top of one of the snake insets on each hip. It has been properly stored and cared for and appears to have been worn very little if at all. There is one small issue to review below but is otherwise in excellent condition.

Fully lined in an ivory silky satin with velvet detailing on the inner front edges and has an attached tie inside. It has fur hooks at the front but I think they have been replaced at some point as the don't close 100%. If you wear your coats fully closed you will need to take this onto account. You could easily just wear this with a belt and wrap it. Slip pockets on each hip and one hidden along the inside edge at the front. I see no bald spots or shedding, the pelts are supple, soft and shiny. There is a break that goes right through the pelt of the of the fur under one of the snake insets at the back. It is fairly small and could be repaired from the back. Please see the photo after the label shot. Perhaps the faintest storage odor. For a vintage fur from such an important designer, I still rate this as near excellent. The fur is still supple and is stable with no signs of excessive shedding that would indicate that it is breaking down. 

Sleeves: 21.5"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# C555

Reference Photo: 1969-72 House of Dior Coat from The Met Online Collection.

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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