Stunning Fall 2002 Oscar de la Renta Wool & Cashmere Beaded & Embroidered Runway Coat
The twin of this coat walked the Fall 2002 runway. In the review of the collection that year Vogue's Janet Ozzard commented; 'There was a whiff of far-flung exoticism throughout the collection, although it was grounded in city-smart sportswear. De la Renta started with nubby cashmere sweaters, limpid ruched tops and soft wool poet-sleeve blouses, paired with tailored flannel pants and skirts in gray, moss green, taupe and black. But almost every outfit got a touch of spice via embroidery, a dusting of sequins, even a cowrie-shell fringe, along with exotic belts trimmed in coins, studs or smooth horn buttons' and mentioned the coats specifically; 'Beautiful, delicately decorated coats have become fixtures in de la Renta's collections, and this one was no exception: There were opulent styles, like the silk patchwork version lined with sheared mink, alongside low-key versions in black cashmere or silk twill with a light touch of embroidery or beading.' The coat is in mint condition and is just as good as the runway shots if not better in person.
The coat is made from a wool cashmere mix that gives the base fabric an incredibly rich feeling. I love the neutral tone of the colour. It makes it easy to pair with just about anything. It is cut with a long straight silhouette and you just slip it on and go. The shoulders have light padding for shape and the sleeves are long. It is meant to just skim over your body and widens out slightly as it nears the hem. It closes at the front with hidden set fabric covered snaps so that when it is closed there is no break to the pattern at all. I love that detail as it gives it such a clean look with no buttons or zipper to distract from the gorgeous embroidery work. Inside the coat is lined in the most incredibly soft wool and cashmere jersey so that it feels like heaven on. On the exterior the coat has been embroidered extensively. The the outside of the coat is covered in a snowflake feeling pattern and then the edges, cuffs, waist and collar have all been densely embroidered to highlight the cut of the coat. There are little 3D flowers worked through the pattern that are done in the same ivy cording that the embroidery is done in. If that was not enough there are also little ivory sequins that are scattered and worked into the design for the a subtle bit of glitz. It is gorgeous and even better in person. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a soft wool and cashmere mix jersey and closes with hidden set fabric covered snaps down the front. Hidden pocket set along the seams of the coat. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Tagged a vintage Oscar de la Renta size 10
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 50" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Fall 2002 Oscar de la Renta Runway Collection, Look 14.
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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