Vintage late 1970s belted wool jacket from celebrated designer James Galanos in a brown and ivory check puts a ladylike spin on the Norfolk jacket.
The front and back box pleats, border drab-like check, and attached inset "belt" (which dips behind to accentuate the small of the back) all evoke a gentleman’s shooting jacket.
But the gently padded, puffed shoulders; slender lapels; onseam (vs patch) pockets; and single button closure—together with the fineness of the midweight wool—add polish to its menswear vibe.
In addition to the attached fabric belt, the jacket has a brown leather-and-patent belt to define its waist with.
Lined in brown satin, the jacket has two labels: “Galanos” and “I Magnin”. Galanos, whose award-studded career spanned over four and a half decades, was remarkable for showing the two collections he designed annually not in Paris, but in Los Angeles and then New York, and primarily at the upscale stores (like I Magnin) which would be carrying his clothing.
Galanos’ designs had a reputation for having couture-level hand-detailing as well as for being the most expensive ready-to-wear to be had (prices in the early 1980s ranged from four to five figures). His devotees over the years ranged from entertainers like Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana Ross to socially prominent women like First Lady Nancy Reagan.
No size or fabric tag, though a label indicating “Professional Dry Cleaning Only” is present.
Exact measurements are: Bust 36”, shoulders 15”, waist 29”, sleeves 23”, and length center back to hem 26.5”.
Belt is 1.5” wide, 33” long from buckle to tip, and 27” long from buckle to the innermost belt notch.
Jacket condition is excellent, with no flaws to note. The belt is in good condition, with scuffing to the leather and slight bends in the tip where it has been threaded through the buckle.
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