This beautiful black cotton velvet Princess Style coat is inspired by Dior’s “New Look” style. After WWII, Dior introduced styles that were more full and required more fabric. Many European countries were still under fabric rations for a number of years after the war, so many ladies weren’t happy with the fullness of the “New Look” and the yardage it required to make these coveted fashions.
This vintage early 1950s Princess style coat is made from rich black cotton velvet and features many lovely details. The generous shawl collar and lantern style sleeves add a bit of drama that’s just perfect for evening wear. The waist is fitted and closes with a small round black plastic button. There are two buttons at the waist, but one is not functional and purely for looks. The bodice of the coat is fitted and although the sleeves are full, the bottom of the sleeves at the wrist is fitted with a small slit detail. There are slash pockets on each side of the coat at the hipline. These pockets are lined with a different print from the inside of the coat. Instead of the lady with the parasol, this print has a male and a female ballet dancer. I have not shown this coat with a crinoline or a full skirt under it. Instead, I have chosen to show the natural drape of the bottom half of the coat as it most likely will be worn by it’s new owner. It is attractively full, but not overdone and provides a nice sweep. The Princess Seams on the back of the coat run the length of the garment. The inside of the coat is fully lined with a pretty gray rayon taffeta that has a pink iridescence and a sweet print of a lady with a parasol strolling through a flower garden. This elegant coat has a nice weight and has a marvelous drape.
Condition: Very Good
Both the outer and inner materials of this vintage coat are in very good condition with no stains or holes. The black velvet is not faded and has held up well. The button that fastens the coat can be used but probably night need to be secured by a few more stitches. The inner lining of the coat is in good condition with no holes or stains, but hangs down just a little below the bottom hemline on the left side of the coat. If you look closely, this can be seen in the photos. I started to try to tack this up myself, but not being a professional seamstress, I think it may do better to have someone with better skills than my own to repair this fine garment. Rather than do any harm to this wonderful coat, I am leaving it as found.
Label: None Present
Size: None Present
This coat is fitted and leans more toward a small size 8 by today’s standards. Please refer to the Measurements given below in order to get your proper fit.
Taken with Coat Laid Out Flat and Button Fastened at Waist.
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17”
Outer Sleeve: 23”
Inner Sleeve: 15”
Circumference of Wrist Opening: 9”
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 47:
Total Sweep of Bottom Hemline: 115”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)
Vintage 1950s Princess Style Black Velvet Coat New Look