Vintage early 1960s blonde mink jacket from Filene’s features jewelled buttons, a round collar, and three-quarter length kimono sleeves.
The horizontal arrangement of the pelts plays off the cropped, hip-length shape, seeming to wrap the body in snowy, luxe warmth. The dome-shaped, cream lucite buttons are set with topaz colored rhinestone chatons around satin cord centers; their color picks up the blend of pearled and/honey tones in the fur.
Blonde furs were the height of fashion in the early 1960s. One 1962 newspaper article states: “One of our newest and most becoming fashions is a new blonde fur” turning up in “little wraps and jackets that complement a woman no matter what her hair color is”. The article goes on to explain that, though “palest pearl blonde mink” is the “newest” color, it is perfectly fine for women to prefer more “honeyed tones”. Though blonde furs were introduced as a summer fur, they were used as elegant wraps throughout the year.
Lined in champagne satin jacquarded with an abstract crescent pattern, the jacket has a single label which reads “Filene’s” and is monogrammed with the former owner’s name.
Measurements are bust 34”, shoulders approx.15”, waist 34”, hips 38”, 18”, length center back to hem 24”.
Condition is excellent with the pelts supple and the pale fur lustrous. There are two faint ¼” tea stains on the lining near the right armscye (see photo #7)
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