Elegant c. 1948-1952 coat in a fluid black wool gabardine features dramatically cut dolman sleeves and the nipped waist, full skirted silhouette so popular at the time.
Flower shaped clear rhinestone buttons—with eleven pear-shaped stones forming “petals” around a large, central chaton—make the coat evening-worthy, as does the changeant blue taffeta lining, which iridesces from royal blue to gold-green as the light shifts on it. Inner security ties at the right waist thread through a black wool loop at the left waist, customizing the coat’s fit over whatever outfit is worn underneath it.
The boldly cut sleeves emerge from beneath a broad, middy-style collar with center point in back, and then taper to a loop-and-button closure at each wrist. Princess seaming and godets at the waist in back yield the the fit and flare silhouette that took the fashion world by storm in the post-WWII years, and an extraordinary series of tiered, diagonal flanges on the side godets seem to echo and heighten the impact of the dolman sleeves.
NOTE: The coat is displayed with a crinoline underneath in most photos, to reflect the way it was intended to appear over the “New Look” fashions of the period. Photo #8, and the right hand picture in photo #5, show the coat without a crinoline.
No manufacturer or store label, but a National Suit & Recovery Board tag (the union label introduced in 1934 which preceded the ILGWU label) is present.
Measurements are: Bust to 40”, shoulders approx 16”, sleeves 25”, waist 28”, hips 46”, sweep at hem 120”, and length center back to hem 48.5”.
Excellent, possibly unworn condition, with only issue clouding/yellowing to 5 or 6 of the “petals” in the rhinestone buttons. This does not compromise their overall presentation, as the remaining petals and the center chatons are sparkly as ever. In addition, one “petal” is a replacement stone; I will provide the coat’s new owner with the extras ordered along with it, in case of future need.
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