Fabulous wool coat and pants in vivid purple by famed 80s designer Claude Montana. This set on the runway at a Ebony Fashion Fair in the 1980s.
Approx. Size: Label size 44. This is extra small, please check measurements below.
Condition: Very good. One very small hole on right sleeve. See note below on belt.
Mark/Label: Claude Montana Paris, made in Italy.
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Purple wool pants set from Claude Montana. Long coat with wide rounded shawl color. Coat has a metal hook closure at the waist with an additional hook & snap in the middle of the lapel for additional coverage if you aren't wearing a shirt. Coat flairs out from the hips with vertical pleats on each side of the front. Very flattering look. A faux pocket on each side of the front. Slight dolman sleeve. Purple acetate lining. Matching purple belt with antiqued silver metal buckle. NOTE: Belt has been altered to close with a snap. Buckle has been disabled.
Pants are wide leg with a high waistband that is 2.5". Side metal zipper. Long darts on front and back give these pants a very tailored look. In-line pockets. Acetate lining.
Approximate Measurements Taken Flat:
Shoulders: 18" (48 cm)
Bust: 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Waist: 15" (38 cm)
Hip: 20" (51 cm)
Length – Center Back: 33” (84 cm)
Sleeve Length: 24” (61 cm)
Pants: (Very small size)
Waist: 14.5" (37 cm)
Hips: 22" (56 cm)
Length" 119" (Pants are not hemmed)
Pant Width at hem: 6" (15 cm)
Zipper" 9.5" (24 cm)
Length: 34" (86 cm); Width: 3" (7 cm), buckle 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)
Montana, born in Paris in 1949, got his start in London the 1960s selling his line of Papier-mâché jewelry. Back in Paris at the start of the 1970s he worked with the leather accessory company. MacDouglas. He launched his own line in 1977 and become famous as one the most important designers of the 1980s. His clothes were known for their powerful. masculine lines. Jackets usually had shoulder pads. His designs were highly prized by high powered women. In the late 80s he also designed for Lanvin for several years.
The Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) was founded in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder with her husband of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.
Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. EFF ended its run in 2019 after the death of Johnson. Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashions since that time. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces made available.
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