Rare Fall 1989 Claude Montana Runway Baby Blue Sheared Fur Jacket w Dramatic Wrap Front
Claude Montana designed for strong woman and his padded shoulders and sculpted silhouettes were one of the hallmarks of the 1980s. By 1989 he was at the height of his career. He was not only designing his own label to much accolades but was asked to design couture for Lanvin of which he did 5 seasons. This is a remarkable little piece from my archives that I refused to give up until we found documentation of and at last we have. I love having these runway shots for you so that you can see just how remarkable this is once on the body.
Montana's relationship with colour is on full display in this gorgeous little jacket. It is made of a sheared fur that is ultra soft and still supple. The fur has been dyed to a beautiful delicate pale baby blue with a hint of turquoise in it. The photos come close to the colour but in person it is better and the turquoise feel of it is a touch stronger. There is also this effect of a slight change of colour depending on how the fur catches the light that gives it a depth that the camera does not quite capture. It is the most clever design. It is cut short to almost bolero style and then there are two straps that extend across the chest and hook on place. Two wide panels extend out on either side below that and you take these, cross them and wrap around to the back where they hook into place. This creates a dramatic collar to frame the face. Adding to the drama are those incredible bell sleeves. Each sleeves comes out directly from the side of the jacket and then flares out. By the time they reach the bottom hem of each sleeve they are a full 30" around. I have included a photo of it open so that you can see the closures underneath and added a couple of other ways you could potentially wrap and style the front panels. It is stunning. Excellent condition with one note below
Fully lined an a turquoise silk and closes with the hooks as described above and shown. One fur hook is missing off of the wider extended panel. The loop is on the other piece but the hook is missing. The fur is very soft and supple. The open cut let it work on my dress form that has a 29" bust and it also fit the one with a 40" around bust and still had a bit of room.
Sleeves: approx 22"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust-waist: no defined seam
Length: 14" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: Fall 1989 Claude Montana Runway.
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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