This is a fabulous coat featuring a velvet fabric printed with a striking floral pattern. The pattern is printed in a bluish purple, green and black against a bright blue background that pops - really gorgeous! The fabric is stiffened with a “pellon” interfacing. Pellon was used during the 1950s and 60s, but with time tends to crease/crack/tear. It does, however, allow a garment to maintain a flared out form and also to position a collar in an upright position, as is the case with this coat (see photo). The collar is made in a wide shoulder shawl style, but can be posed up to protect the head. It does up the front with three black buttons with four buttons visible in a double breasted formation - the closure has a slight slant to it. The coat is lined in black acetate. It has a pocket built into either side. The coat flares out to the bottom and is made in a below the knee length. The sleeves are made in a raglan style in an above the wrist length.
Age: early 1960s
Label: A Lydia Boutique Original Styled in Europe. In the past, I’ve had garments with a similar label that read “Lydia Montreal Canada”, so this definitely came from a Montreal manufacturer. There’s is an online article from the Montreal Gazette dated 1963 that profiles this designer “Lydia”, who specialized in designing raincoats - I’m wondering if that was about Lydia Sperlich, was eventually designed for Rain Master and earned a 1967 Canadian Coty award. Otherwise, I’ve been unable to find much else about this particular label and don’t know if there is any connection to Sperlich.
Material: Excellent quality cotton velvet, very soft to the touch.
Sizing: No size is indicated, however, I believe the this should fit a medium size - please note the following measurements for fit (please measure your body taking the style of the coat into account):
Sleeves: 27” long from the neck seam
Sleeve inseam: 17” long
Bust: 41” around
Waist: 44” around, but should fit somewhat loosely
Hips: 48” around, but should fall loosely
Hemline: 78” around
Length: 37” long, measured flat
Condition: It is in very good condition with no wear, tear, stains or odors, but the pellon, as mentioned, has some cracks and a large tear - this isn’t visible and doesn’t detract from the coat, but the tear should maybe be taped/patched in some way to avoid further tearing. Please note that dry cleaners cannot clean garments with pellon interfacing, so this could be eventually a problem, although you could take the pellon out and it wouldn’t affect the garment in any significant way, it would still be very usable. Otherwise, this coat was very well cared for over the years and is very clean.
This is a fabulous coat, suitable for Spring use - great 60s piece!
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