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# 11395 - 1990's GIORGIO ARMANI (Black Label), Made in Italy Black Neoprene Funnel Neck Coat!  Oh yeah!  So I was trying to research this coat and found that the much less expensive Armani Collezioni line currently has a black neoprene coat with stoveneck or funnel neck coat which SOLD OUT at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom for $1895.  This coat is the high-end black label Giorgio Armani.   This coat came from an estate of a NYC woman who had ONLY the best high-end labels.  And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black.  This coat is SOOO cool, as the neckline can be worn up in a modified funnel, or down with wide lapel. Closes with large snaps in doublebreasted shape.  Labeled size 42, but fits me perfectly and I wear about a 4/6 (I measure a busty 34/28/38), and it works great for my 5'2" height... the sleeves aren't too long!!!  Pockets.  Excellent condition, except for what looks like a horizontal scratch at back (see photo).   NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1920-Today Category.

$ 1,485.  
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Approx. - SIZE 2-6 (depending what you wear under)
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# 7644 - c. late 1970's DAN GROSSMAN / Rich's Furs Mink Vest Trimmed in Amber Crystal Rhinestone and Stud Beads!    Well, it always amazes me when I find something this unique!   And even more amazing that I found a similar (yet shorter version) of this mink studded vest with the Revillon (Saks) label. So they were designed and created by Dan Grossman and then obviously wholesaled to various high-end department stores back in the late 1970s.  This one is SO cool... even the name on the inside black satin lining... "BITCH"!  Gotta love that! :)  Wear with a blouse and jeans.  Wear open or closed with the hook/eyes.   This piece is in Very Good condition.  There are some stones missing (see photos), but you won't notice much, and you can certainly add a few matching stones if you care.  The front looks like it might have some wear to the mink, but there are still guard hairs there, so...  really the only issue is one tiny pull of the mink at collar.  Not even worth fixing.   You won't notice. Measures:  32 - 34" bust (if you leave open at front), 27" long  long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 785.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE XS - Small (if left open at front).   SMALL backs only!
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#5914 - c. 1970's GEORGE R. TAYLOR Co., Wheeling, West Virginia Electric Blue Velvet Flapper Coat!  New to the vintage market from storage in Wilton, CT.  Wilton, CT... where the median income hovers around $175,000.  So these people never skimped! :)  This simple 1920s wrap coat is all about the fantastic color of a bright electric blue velvet.  I think it might be a cotton or cotton/silk blend velvet.  The details are in the ruched sleeves and the large collar to wear up or down.  There are NO closures on this coat.. never were... just meant to be grabbed and held in a fashionable way.   Fully lined in an off-white silk.  Excellent condition with just a slight wear at the very edges of the velvet.  If you get really picky, there may be some thinning, but I don't know if I'm even seeing that or not, and I'm VERY picky!!   There is lots of crushing of the velvet which may or may not be original, but it's attractive as it is.   And I wouldn't say that if it wasn't so!   Only my repeat customers know that.... and there are so many of them, I must be doing something right! :) :) :)  This coat can really fit anyone... but you should be taller than me (5'2") as the sleeves are really too long for me.  Measures: 52" around (again this is a wrap coat!!!), 24" long sleeves from shoulder to cuff, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  This would be a great coat to dress up with huge ornamental closure!     Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 785. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8-16
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# 11305 - 1930's Black Velvet Long Coat with Gold Sequin and Beaded Hood!  So hard to photograph black velvet!!! So pay attention...  Straight black velvet coat with strong shoulders, and only one closure at the neck (the rest is meant to be worn so it will flap open as you walk to show off your gorgeous 1930s gown under.  And the reason this coat is special is the attached black velvet hood which is adorned with gold sequins and beading which will make all eyes focus on your face!  When you put the hood down, you can still see the golden sequin design in the folds.  Slim fitted coat.  Fully lined in off-white satin. Measures:  34" bust, up to 38" hips.  To ground on a 5'4" gal.  Best for smallish back (no swimmers or linebackers!).  Condition is good... what looks like crushing isn't really crushing, but I think it's still called crushing, but really it's just the velvet showing differently in area lights.... just what happens in thick luxury velvet.  The only real issue (if you want to call it that... is the white lining has  mysterious red marks (see photos).  Probably some fabric bleeding from some red gown back in the 30s.  What WAS she up to????? :)  .    NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 465.  SOLD 

Approx. - SIZE 2-6
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# 11123 - c. 1990's ALIXANDRE FURS, New York Lynx Coat!   Well, I'm just back from the furrier as this coat will be in storage through the summer.  So what did the furrier say?  He said this would be a $20,000 coat if brand new!!!   He also said it was only a few years old.  All in all he was quite impressed with the quality of the pelts and the condition.  No surprise...  Alixandre Furs has been designing, manufacturing and selling the highest quality furs in the world for 75 years.  They have been the fur manufacturer for many of the top designers' furs including Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Ungaro, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Jeffrey Banks, Joseph Abboud, Badgley Mischka and more.  Excellent condition with just the tiniest hint of wear at the inside back of mid collar (see photo).  Hardly worth a mention!!   The lining is simple and the monogram is hidden inside the inside pocket... easily removed or forgotten about. A beauty!  The BEST thing?  For all your small gals, this lynx coat will NOT overwhelm you!  I'm 5'2" and wear size 4ish.  I stay away from long haired fur coats because I normally disappear under them. Not this one!!  I wear it... it doesn't wear me! :)   Oh, and the furrier said, "You can sell this in a heartbeat for $5,000".  So think fast.  Remember how cold you can get!! :)   NEW LISTING!     SPECIAL CONSIGNOR SALE !!!!!!!!


WAS $ 4,750.    NOW $3,500 !!!!!   
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Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka

 

Approx. - SIZE 0-6
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# 11276 - c. 1905-1016 Liberty & Co, London and Paris Gorgeous Lavender Wool Burnoose with Embroidery!  Killer color!  And oh so soft! And look at that incredible collar!  A RARE Liberty & Co, London WOOL (probably a cashmere blend) burnoose! In a killer gorgeous color!! Check out the close-up photos of the multicolor lace and the ever present large tassel at the back. Wear it longer in the back or shorter in the back... either way works (see additional photos). Excellent condition... The only thing wrong with this piece was the one asshole moth (one tiny hole) and the "nip" from the area where the hook and eye went. Enjoy!!! NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 1,095.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE one size
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#4579 - c. 1969 Numbered Couture CHRISTIAN DIOR, Autumn-Winter 1969, Paris Winter Coat! For all you collectors who like to find the numbered, dated pieces.. how about a great Christian Dior coat? Fabulous double-breasted plush coat... interesting fabric.. I'm sure there is a name for it, but alas... my lack of education is showing! Don't tell anyone! The fabric feels like something between a silk velvet and a silk corduroy (though the fabric label in the pocket reads "silk, acetate, acrylic, polyamine." Though I don't know if the label is correct to the coat.. so... I guess if you know polymine to the touch... you are a heck of a lot smarter than I! :) Whatever it is.. its fabulous to the touch. The only thing to mention is that since it's from the (nearly) 1970s, the underarms are tighter than we wear items today.  It was the cut from that era.  None will be different.  It's just something to keep in mind from the 1970's.  It will feel tighter than we expect... so if you want to feel roomier, than you should go the size smaller (size 6). Does that make sense or am I rambling??? :)   However... all that being said... it measures:  37" bust,  up to 37" waist, up to 42" hips, 15.5" across the back, 24" sleeve from top of shoulder seam to cuff, 45" long from shoulder to hem.  It's a very classy, almost dressy coat. Excellent condition.. with just a tiny patch of lining torn under one arm not seen at all on outside (see photo), and one button that needs to be sewn back on (it's in the pocket... I pinned it on for the photograph, but you really don't want me to attempt to sew it. Really... you don't! :) Also in the pocket is more tag info from Bergdorf Goodman.   Why JUST wear a coat.. wear an investment piece!  Also Listed in 1930-Today Category.

$ 1,485. ORDER

Approx. - Size approx. 6/8 (depending what you wear under)
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# 7584 - c. Early 1920's Bonwit Teller & Co., 19 Rue d'Antin, Paris / New York  Black Silk Velvet Beaded Art Deco Opera Cape with Ermine Fur Collar! Oh my!  It's getting harder to find beaded 1920s capes and coats.  I think someone is hording them! Whoever you are... let them come out and play!! :)  OR just add this to your collection so you can have them all.  Lovely black silk velvet with the entire lower 2/3's covered with deco design steel cut or jet beads.  Just the right amount of sparkle.  The collar is an off-white fur which I believe is ermine.  It was designed for you to wear the collar up or down with two snaps on either side.   The FRENCH Bonwit Teller label is unique and quite rare.  Lined in a light gray silk.  Excellent condition with just a few minor beads missing here and there, and the silk lining has a few small tears from weight where the collar meets (see photos) and a smidge of dirt (OK, now I'm really getting picky!!).  The only other thing to mention would be that if I owned it, I would cover the hook at the front top with an ornamental piece to jazz it up there.  Again, this is just a personal choice.   The cape measures:  48" long from shoulder to hem.  NEW LISTING!    Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 1,385.  
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Approx. - SIZE should fit anyone!
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# 5625A - c. 1940's Stone Marten Full Pelts Boa!  NOTE TO ALL:  I know there are those of you who are anti-fur, and this can be quite disturbing to see the entire pelts.  BUT, I'm selling HISTORY here, and it can't be white-washed. This is the style that was popular then.  So please don't write me emails.  Please just gloss over this piece if it offends you.  Thank you!   Stone Marten is the American cousin of the Russian sable, and produces a fur of great beauty which travels often under the name of “Hudson Bay Sable.” It is fine and dense, with glistening overhairs almost as long as those of the fox. The lighter shades are almost invariably tip-dyed to dark sable colors (though I believe this boa pelts are natural colored and not dyed). "When dyed, stone marten so closely resembles Russian Sable that only fur experts can distinguish the difference."  So... quite a nice sable like 3 full pelt boa. As you can see, there is a crochet closure at the front to keep it in place.  Excellent condition.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 465.  ORDER 

 


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# 6202 - c. 1909 Silver Fox Full Pelts Muff!  NOTE TO ALL:  I know there are those of you who are anti-fur, and this can be quite disturbing to see the entire pelts.  BUT, I'm selling HISTORY here, and it can't be white-washed. This is the style that was popular then.  So please don't write me emails.  Please just gloss over this piece if it offends you.  Thank you!  So, this VERY LARGE muff consists of TOUR pelts of silver fox with heads, feet and tails.  Even the interior silk is highly detailed (see the side photos). Nicely padded for winter use... this will certainly keep your hands warm.  There is plenty of extra room inside for hands AND other things you might want to carry along.  Measures: 21" across x 15" high with additional 12" long tails! The front looks exactly like the back, so I'm showing both sides, but hard to tell!   VERY fashionable for the Edwardian woman.  Excellent condition.  NEW LISTING!  

$ 285.  ORDER   
 

 



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# 7610 - c. 1920's MANGONE, New York / I. Magnin Black Rayon Crepe Beaded Coat!  LARGER SIZE! You've gotta read the history of Philip Mangone who designed this coat!  Philip Mangone (1884-1957) was born into a family of Italian tailors. His father immigrated into the United States and trained Philip at home, doing piecework that was commonly done by people in their homes. As a teenager Philip went to work in alterations at B. Altman. He then worked for a variety of New York firms, in clothing construction and design. Mangone opened his business, Mangone Models, in 1916. By the 1920s his coats and suits were being sold in over 200 stores nationwide and were quite expensive. During WWII he designed the uniform for the WACs. He was considered one of America's premier suit and coat designers until his death in 1957. Here's the wild part:  Mangone traveled often to Europe to buy fabrics and to view the Paris collections. In 1919, upon his return to the U.S., he was arrested and charged with smuggling. Apparently he bought a jeweled mesh bag in Paris that he had not declared at customs. His biggest travel adventure happened in 1937 when he returned from Europe on the Zeppelin Hindenburg. He was badly burned when the Zeppelin crashed and spent most of the next year recovering in hospitals. The first thing he did when released was to take a flight to Chicago, to prove to himself that he was still not afraid to fly. WOW. So this is one of his early pieces from the 1920s. Black rayon crepe with rows of silver and magenta glass bugle beads that accent the collar and sleeves and form a decorative diagonal line from front to back.  The sleeves are accented with a deep band of cut-out latticework.  Measures: up to 48" bust, up to 50" hips, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition with only a few beads missing... you'll barely notice. Shown on a size 6 mannequin, and it's way big on her!  NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 785.  
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Approx. - SIZE 14/16
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# 7486 - c. 1950's Sable Fur Capelet!  Ah sable.  There's nothin' better.  So soft, so light, so... ME! :)  Fur stoles are great, but they require you to hold them on, so... this is much easier to wear.  A capelet shape with a unique gathered front.  Three pelts wide. Hidden closures inside front panel. Fully lined. AMAZINGLY versatile little piece. Can easily be worn as a capelet or on top of suit jacket or coat to look more like a sable collar!  Excellent vintage condition. Fur is soft + supple with no rips, tears or odors. Measures:  44" long x 12" wide.  To make it look more "modern", add long ribbon ties at the front.  So, you can buy a NEW sable capelet/shawl for $3,000 - $5,000  NEW LISTING!  

$ 885.  ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE: Small to Medium
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# 11110 - c. 1920 Gorgeous Gold/Red Lame Patterned Evening Cocoon Coat!  I just love it when I uncover fabulous antique pieces from private collections.... hidden and forgotten for decades! It's my job to bring these poor pieces back out into the world to be once again loved and cherished by their new "Mommy".  :)  Yeah, I know... I'm sick.  It's Vintage Disease!  I won't  abbreviate this as that might send my website directly to your spam filter!!! :)  ANYWAY... let's get back to serious.  Check out the close-up photos of this material to see just how fantastic.  It's a red and gold lame "chrysanthemum" design all over, and then at the front collar is a gathered black silk velvet area.  Fantastic!  LOVE the sleeves that are all gathered at the top to fall beautifully in a draping effect.  Excellent condition, though the original silk lining is TOTALLY gone... so it's currently unlined, but really it's not all that necessary with this piece.  However, the fact that the original label is missing is tragic. ;(   The only real issue to mention is that there were some old repairs made at the armseams, which you can ONLY see from the interior. I saw nothing wrong when just looking at this piece from the exterior. Great rolled collar. Closes with one button.  Fantastic! (Oh I said that already!!!)   NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the 1850-1920's Section.

$ 1,485.  ORDER   

Approx. - SIZE: Small to Medium
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# 11280 - c. 1930's Reversible Hand-sewn Trapunto Silk Black and Blush Cape! Well, I'm not sure this was actually meant to be reversible because the closure doesn't work that way, but as you can see, it's equally beautiful on both sides!  The black silk is hard to see all the detail, so look at the other side to see it (I'm waiting.........).  Right, you looked, yes??  This is a 40" long cape, meant to be worn over the slinky gowns of the 1930s.  There is not a lot of room for flailing about, so you will have to have narrow shoulders and a demure nature.  Yes, it's open at the front, but still, it feels like a cocoon.  The collar (as you can see) is in the opposite color.  The exterior black is in quite good (with the exception of the tiny wear/holes at the upper left back (see photos) and there is fading down from one shoulder down the one side.  Worse in the photos, but still it's there... slightly red. The interior has some issues... see photos... some subtle dirt marks and then a few minor wear holes (see photos).   Nothing is glaring, but it's there.  This piece is best for those of you who just adore trapunto.  Looks like someone spent a LOT of time on this garment!  NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the 1850-1930's Section.

$ 265. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0-2/4



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# 6586 - c. 1930's HUDSON's BAY COMPANY Silver Fox Full Pelts Boa! Check out the label (hard to see here, but it reads: "Founded May 2, 1670" !!!  Yup, Hudson's Bay Company has been around for QUITE awhile!  A group of wealthy English merchants formed the company in 1670 with the King of England granting them a fur trade monopoly to occupy lands extending from Labrador west to the Rocky Mountains.  The exclusivity fur-trade rights lasted until 1858, when the monopoly was not renewed , but it remained a large fur-collecting and marketing agency until 1991, with extensive real-estate interests and many department stores.  I'm dating this fur boa to 1930s as it just has that "look" to it.  NOTE TO ALL:  I know there are those of you who are anti-fur, and this can be quite disturbing to see the entire pelts.  BUT, I'm selling HISTORY here, and it can't be white-washed. This is the style that was popular then.  So please don't write me emails.  Please just gloss over this piece if it offends you.  Thank you!  So, this boa consists of TWO full pelts of silver fox with heads, feet and tails.  Measures: 47" long each pelt. The two feet are tied together as you see at the front. VERY fashionable for the 1930s woman.  VERY HOLLYWOOD from the Silver Screen Era !!!   NEW LISTING!  

$ 585.  ORDER   
 



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# 11111 - c. 1950's SOPHIE ORIGINAL, Saks Fifth Avenue Black Textured Silk Swing Coat with Bright Green Lining!  Originally hired as a stylist for Saks by Adam Gimbel, in 1929 Sophie was asked to take over the Salon Moderne of Saks Fifth Avenue.  In her role as lead fashion designer, she often traveled to Paris to purchase clothes from designers. She married her boss, Adam Gimbel in 1931.  Salon Moderne was not particularly successful or prestigious prior to her arrival. but Sophie designed costumes for Broadway to generate interest and bring in new business. She created many ready-to-wear fashions and is credited with introducing culottes (divided skirts) to the American market.  Gowns designed by Gimbel were known for their simplicity, elegance, and use of expensive fabrics.  She designed elegant haute couture dresses and gowns for an exclusive clientele, including a red coat and dress for First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson  to wear at Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration.   Great dinner coat of a fancy textured black silk in a great swing style!  Patch pockets and a collar to wear up or a bit more open.  Very good to Excellent condition... the only issues are inside... there are some yellowish minor spots on the electric green lining (see photos).... and needs a pressing!  Measures:  up to 48" bust, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  3/4 length sleeves.  This is meant to be worn large, so really best for sizes 6-10.  NEW LISTING!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 265.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
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#5838 - c. 1970's JOHN BATES, London Special Pleated Gored Black Wool Coat with Hood Trimmed in Black Fox Fur!  Per the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource (they are the best!!), "John Bates is possibly one of the greatest forgotten talents of the 1960s and 1970s. With no formal training,... he was asked to start the Jean Varon label in 1959/60. 'I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing, you had to appear to be French. Jean is French for John and Varon because there was no ‘V’ in the rag trade book. Jean Varon made a good graphic image'!  Early Varon garments are innovative with space-age fabrics, see-through panels, cut-out holes and matching accessories right down to the tights. As an aside, Bates is also sometimes credited with the ‘invention’ of the mini-skirt. He popularized trousers for women and encouraged the first ‘underwear as outerwear’ style, through precision cutting and the use of lace and mesh. An example of this work won him the ‘Dress of The Year’ title in 1965.  His reputation earned him the ultimate commission; designing a wardrobe of outfits for the second half of the first Emma Peel season on The Avengers in 1965-66.  In the later 1960s and 1970s, Bates concurrently designed for his own-name label, which was more avant garde and innovative. He was still designing for Varon throughout the 70s, but at some point in the late 1970s/early 1980s, his own label fizzled out into bankruptcy and he decided to leave the mainstream fashion business. He is now working as an artist and living in Wales."  So... this is one of the rare John Bates label coats!  You HAVE to look at the close-up photos to see the fantastic 7 pleated gores in the skirt of the coat!!!!  Fantastic (oh I already said that!).  The coat buttons up the front but are hidden under the fox fur which continues up around the hood, down the back of the hood, and on the cuffs.  Excellent condition.  Labeled size 12, but that's old sizing.  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 39" waist, up to 50" hips, 48" long from shoulder to hem, 25" long sleeves from shoulder to cuff.  Fits a bit tight at upper body as most 1970s garments fit... just the fit of the time.  I'm just sayin'.  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 585.  SOLD   

Approx. - SIZE 0-4/6 (depending what you want to wear under)
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#5840 - c. 1980's MANSFIELD, Made in England "Carnaby Street" Wool and Cashmere Blend Bottle Green Coat with Black Velvet Trim!  At first glance I thought this was a London coat from the 1960's Carnaby Street.  You know, it's got that look.  But then I noticed the shoulders, and it has to be dated to the 1980's (or 1890's! :), but still.... I hear 60's music when I try this on, so perhaps it was re-incarnated. :)  I don't know what it is about this coat that evokes so many different eras.... could even look like something worn by Jane Austen!  Or Equestrian.  Gotta love the doublebreasted bodice with unique cut into the lapel with the fabulous seaming all over front and back (check out all the photos), A-line skirt, muttonsleeves, high neck back, wide lapels, and trimmed in black velvet (including the buttons).   Measures:  up to 39" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 54" hips, 17" from shoulder to waist, 50" long from shoulder to hem.   The exterior is in great condition, but the lining (as you can see in the photos) is discolored... though blended so well, could be passed off as intentional! :)  Sort of. :)  You don't find coats like this today.  I can't believe how cheap the materials are on today's new coats.  Thank goodness I get to live in the past.   Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 265.  ORDER 

Approx. - SIZE 6-10 (depending what you want to wear under)
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# 7292 - c. 1950's/1960's MAINBOCHER Green Wool Tent Coat!  From the Estate of Actress Edie Adams!  Hmmmm... I think Alaia might have been stealing a bit from Mainbocher.  I sold a green Alaia jacket with similarilies in design between this 1960s Mainbocher coat and the Alaia jacket, including the "v" cut just below the large collar lapels in the Alaia, echoing the "v" cuts in the Mainbocher.  I mean they are certainly different, but... I'm just sayin'...    This coat came from the estate of sexy Muriel Cigar Spokeswoman and Actress, Edie Adams.  There is little to confirm that other than from the COA from Heritage Auction from whence it came.  Oh... and MAINBOCHER?  From the Modern Fashion Encyclopedia:  In 1937, when the Duchess of Windsor purchased her wedding gown and trousseau, it was designed by Mainbocher.  From the start, Mainbocher specialized in simple, conservative, elegant, and extremely expensive fashions, the luxury of cut, materials, and workmanship that could only be recognized by those in the know. As the years progressed, Mainbocher continued to design exclusively on a made-to-order basis, refusing to license his name. By the 1950s and 1960s, old guard Mainbocher customers enjoyed wearing impeccably made classic coats and suits of wool in the midst of nouveau-riche ostentation.  The typical ladylike daytime Mainbocher look was accessorized with a choker of several strands of real pearls, white gloves, and plain pumps with matching handbag.  The integrity of luxurious fabrics, intricate cut, quality workmanship and materials, elegance and classicism, were cherished and worn for years by Mainbocher's upper crust customers.  And now you can be one! :)   Condition is very good, however there is some slight fading and one button ( insert sad face here) is missing.  Nicer looking (at least I think so!) than some of the Mainbocher 1950/60's coats in the Metropolitan Museum of Art -  http://goo.gl/1lL7m  / http://goo.gl/FhTw8  / http://goo.gl/izvyY   This coat measures extraordinary tent dimensions! Up to 50" bust, up to 52" waist, up to 60" hips. 42" long from shoulder to hem, and 22" across the back from underarm to underarm.   NEW LISTING!   Also Listed in the 1930's-Today and Memorabilia Sections.

$ 985. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE: 10-16
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#5878 - c. 1970's Black Sequin Long Evening Coat with Matching Sequin Tie Belt!  If you purchase this coat, you are gonna have to learn to be a great actress. Why?  Because you are going to feign a chill in order to keep this coat on a long as possible!  It's THAT fabulous!  Whatever you wear under couldn't possibly be as eye-catching.  A long black coat completely covered in black sequins.  Wrap style with great high notched collar neckline, side pockets and original matching sequin tie belt.  Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 44" hips, but REMEMBER, this is a wrap coat, so these measurements mean little... it's the 15" across the back that is more important, 17" across the shoulders and 56" long from shoulder to hem.  The lining is a silky satin... feels good on your skin!  Excellent condition. If you'd rather... shorten this to a day length... or a 3/4 length (and make a skirt from the left over! :)  This is one of those pieces you are just gonna stand in front of your mirror and admire yourself! :)   NOTE: this is not a lightweight coat you'd find today... it's substantial!     Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 435. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4 - small 8 (depending what you wear under)
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#7358 - c. 1990's ROYAL CROWN SABLE from I. MAGNIN Natural Sable Jacket!  Why am I adding this to the website when the temperature is crazy hot? Well, think back to the frigid winter last year when you were wishing for a coat this fabulously warm and smashing, so...  now's the time to put this beauty on LAYAWAY for next winter! I photographed "her", and then brought her to the furrier for professional cold storage (along with a spa treatment of cleaning/glazing).  I have to tell you that the furrier offered to buy this jacket from me!  So... that will give you a clue to it's fabulousness!  In researching, the only other similar Royal Crown Sable jacket I could find available for sale on the internet was listed at $24,995! And that one isn't nearly as nice as this one with the better size and collar! Here's the link... you can check it out yourself: http://www.fursbychrys.com/Royal_Crown_Russian_sable_jacket_RS616.htm
There are other sable jackets out there, but with the I. Magnin and Royal Crown Sable labels, you know this is top of the line!  The color isn't the ultra dark mahogany, but rather a gorgeous medium brown hue. The collar is the best!!!!!  Full, huge, and beautifully marked pelts!  You can't want more.  I see nothing wrong with this piece, other than the I. Magnin label is slightly faded.  Excellent condition.  Measures: 50" bust/waist/hip, 35" long from shoulder to hem.  Now, that translates to just about any size wearing this jacket!   It's shown on the size 6 mannequin and fits her beautifully wrapped as you see (you can just add any belt you might like, or just add hooks where you want them.  OR if you are larger size, you just don't wrap this jacket, and it will easily fit a size 12/14.   The sleeve is long at 25" from shoulder seam to cuff (outsize sleeve measurement), so you if you are shorter, you can cuff up.  There is NO monogram on this coat lining, so that's a great bonus!!

$ 9,985. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 12/14 (depending how much you wrap!)
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#5372 - c. 1970's RETY COUTURE, 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris Black Velveteen Trench Coat!  Classic.  Perfect.  I don't have to waste my time explaining it as you can see if all from the photos.  Wide lapel collar, double-breasted, original buttons, epaulets, tie belt, top stitching, slash pockets, even the lining is detailed with top stitching!!  The only thing to even mention is that because this is from the 1970's, it has the 1970's fit... which means tight under the arms and across the back.  Nothing wrong, and it helps you stand up straighter! :)   This can be worn by me at size 6, but for comfort, I sized it smaller.  All depends how you like it and what you wear under.  Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 40" hips, 43.5" long from shoulder to hem, 23.5" long sleeve from shoulder to cuff.  Great quality piece!! Feels like a cotton velveteen.  Excellent condition. Wear with jeans or for formal occasion.   Perfect for ANYTHING!    Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 525. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 0/2 - 4
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[ORDER ITEM - #5886]
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#5886 - c. 1920's Black Silk Chiffon and Black Velvet Cape Coat!  I wish you could have been standing next to me when I was trying to figure out exactly how to wear this piece!! :) Pretty funny.  It's designed like a 1870's mantle which was a "retro" design in the 1920's! :)  And then to make it harder, the interior is so beautiful, that it was hard to believe it wouldn't be seen when worn, so I kept trying to figure out how to wear it with the gold braid and smocking at neckline showing.  But finally... I got it.  Unique to say the least!!  Black silk chiffon is draped from the "nehru" collar and there is a slit for your arms to go through (as you see).  The hipline follows a typical 1920s piece and you just gotta love the black velvet trim which just "pops" under the sheer chiffon. There is no closure currently at the neckline, so I just added a rhinestone pin (that doesn't come with it).  You can use anything you have, or just add a hook/eye if you prefer.  Excellent condition.  The only issue to mention (as I'm very picky as you probably already know), it that the velvet neck seems a bit unfinished or something.   Just seems like perhaps a replacement as it's more like black velvet ribbon that was formed into a collar... and yet, it matches the other black velvet so well, that I it could all be original and correct and I'm just looking for things to say! :)   Whatever... it's still a remarkable 1920's cape/coat/mantle! :) Will fit just about anyone small-medium.    Also Listed in the 1850s-1920s Section. 

$ 585. ORDER


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#5799 - c. 2006 Natural Sable Coat!  WOW!!!  If you want to buy yourself the sable coat you have ALWAYS wanted, but don't want to spend the $60,000 that this coat originally cost.  I know that for a fact because this came to me from the furrier who originally created this coat (who by the way used to create furs wholesale for high-end department stores!). He sold it a few years ago to the woman who is now upgrading to the $250K Black Diamond sable coat!!!! REALLY!  I didn't even know there was black sable... but now I read they can go up to $300K!  Insane!!!)  So, Why am I adding furs to the website when the temperature is crazy hot? Well, think back to the frigid winter last year when you were wishing for a coat this fabulously warm and smashing, so...  now's the time to put this beauty on LAYAWAY for next winter!  I photographed "her", and she is now relaxing at the furrier for professional cold storage (along with a spa treatment of cleaning/glazing).  This sable coat color isn't the ultra dark mahogany, but rather a gorgeous medium brown hue. Thick and luxurious.  Full, huge, and beautifully marked pelts!  Impeccably made as you can see from the inside photo.  Excellent condition.  Measures: 50" bust, 52" waist, 58" hips, 48" long from shoulder to hem, 72" around hemline, 26" sleeve shoulder to end cuff.  Now, that translates to just about any larger sized woman wearing this coat. Really too large on me at size 6, but anything can be redesigned.   I show this coat with a variety of sashes for fun... you can change the look, or wear without.  There is no monogram inside, and my furrier said he'd add your monogram or name for you if you would like (price included) when it comes out of storage. I like the idea of just adding the word "MINE" ! :)   So.... how savvy you to purchase this coat at less than 1/3 the original price from just a few years ago!  Oh, and ALL fur prices are increasing this coming year as the pelts are selling for record prices, so... this coat new could be more like $75K this year!  NEW LISTING! 

$ 17,500.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 10 - 16
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#5343 - c. 1980's GIORGIO ARMANI, Le Collezioni, Made in Italy Deep Cranberry Wool Coat!  OK, so here's how this Armani label stacks up...  The Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni (now called Armani Collezioni) is a high-end Armani sub-label. The line is more expensive than Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange lines, but less expensive than the high-end, ready-to-wear line, Giorgio Armani and the haute couture line, Armani Privé.K.   Got it?  So this was still quite expensive... and made for those who don't like, or don't need to flaunt their wealth. Simple shape.  Would look fab with scarves, or even with a belt. The color is a deep cranberry.  This color is slightly washed out looking in the photos so I could try to get the color as close as possible, so it's nicer than what I see on my computer screen (however, all screens are different, so ... ).  The close-up photo of the one button is probably the closest to the real color.  This will be your favorite coat for those of you tired of wearing black all the time!!! :) 3 button closure at front.  Fully lined.  Rounded shoulder shape. Labeled 38/4, but will probably fit a size 12/14!  Measures: 47" bust and waist (I can still wear it at 33" bust, size 6, but it will fit you VERY loose!), 37" long from shoulder to hem.  The sleeves are a bit long for me at 5'2", but there is no good way to measure as they are raglan.  No seam to measure from.  Priced ridiculously low just because I can! :) 

$ 185. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Small to Large
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[ORDER ITEM - #5443A]
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#5443A - c. late 1940's Lenari Designed, New York Black "New Look" Plush Fancy Coat! I wish I knew the name of this great fabric.  It's probably a wool and mohair blend with an incredible sheen. Very similar to the "Imported from France" fabrics used for the Lilli Ann Coats of the same era. VERY well made.  VERY high quality!!  Near Mint condition!  Fabulous black braided trim double collar to wear up or down, and faceted jet black square buttons.  Wide "circle" skirt with wide balloon-type sleeves with tighter cuffs (so you can push them up your arm a bit if you like).    This coat would look terrific with a belt as well.  This is what you can't find today in the stores.  QUALITY!  I can't stress that enough!  Am I using enough exclamation points?? Pockets at sides. Measures:  up to 39" bust, up to 33" waist, 43" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 645. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6, perhaps 8/10 (depending what you wear under)
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#6497 - c. 1960's DRIZZLE / I. Magnin &Co. "Pucci" Look Coat!  I'm showing the back of this coat in this photo not because the front isn't beautiful, but the back is just "killer"!!  You gotta love all the details that you can barely see due to the wild very Pucci print, but check out the close-up photos to see the horizontal seamed back yoke, the inverted pleat mid back top and bottom, and the tabbed belt loop at mid back!  The front shows the matching self-covered buckle on the wide belt.  Closes with black round snaps up the front... and as you see, you can wear open collar or fully closed. I'm showing collar up, but that's just to see the undersize.... no shortcuts taken on this gem!  Labeled an OLD size 14! However, this fits me at a modern size 4/6, and will work as well on a modern size 8 (if you don't wear much under). Fully lined in light blue.  Very bold colors in what looks like a kind of doubleknit(?).. and this Drizzle line specialized in Water repellent coats, so I have to assume this is... but I don't want to try it out and be wrong.  I have to confess, I've worn this coat twice.. both times to vintage clothing auctions with some of the most educated vintage dealers in the country... and they ALL just assumed it was a rare and fabulous Pucci coat!!!!  I don't blame them.  It's THAT perfect a copy... and from the correct era! I'm perfectly happy to keep this in my own closet, so I might have to interrogate you prior to allowing you to purchase it... you know, like an adoption process.  You have to be worthy!! Excellent condition with the only issue being the lining shoulder areas with discolorations.  Interior only people!!  Exterior is near mint!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 1,285. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6, perhaps 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #4554]
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#4554 - c. 1940's Martha Weathered Navy Wool Boucle Deco Cape with White Sequins! Martha Weathered was a very exclusive shop one of the fine ladies' shops on Chicago's Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave). One of my favorite 1920's beaded dresses came from this shop, and now... ta da!.... my favorite cape! A navy blue wool cape in a nubby texture. The shape is open, there are not closures. Padded shoulders and swing back. What makes it so special is the white sequin deco floral design at front and back! Condition you ask? Near mint! I really can't find anything wrong with it! Full rayon lining. Measures: 42" long from back neck to hem, 118" around bottom! There is nothing else to measure.. it will fit a small to largish woman (though might be a bit too much for small, short woman). I might add one hook/eye at front neckline to secure it, but doesn't look like it ever had anything. The deco design on this cape is absolutely thrilling! Also Listed in the 1930s-Today Category.

$ 795. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE One Size fits Most
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[ORDER ITEM - #6801]
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#6801 - c. 1960's Doris Duke's Russian Sable Lined Gold Silk Satin Evening Coat!   Doris Duke was dubbed at birth "the richest girl in the world", and it was true! And that continued through her life, so at one point she was said to be the 3rd richest woman in the world, behind Queen Elizabeth of England and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands  When she died in 1993, she was said to be worth $2 Billion... back when that was still a lot of money! :) Reports claim she had $1 million a week in expendable income!!  NICE!! So even though she liked a good bargain, she certainly had the best!  So, ta-da, I present to you her Russian sable lined gold satin coat.  The full sable lining (excluding the sleeves, so it's a long vest) is worn next to your skin... ooh!... and is totally removable with buttons!  So remove and sleep on it if you so desire! :)  Or wear it under some other coat (use this gold satin as a pattern, or design your own). As you can see, the sable peeks out at collar, cuffs, down front and then extends 10" below the outercoat hemline. The sleeves are lined in silk quilting.  Sable is in Excellent condition!  The satin coat has a few scattered small spots and one small tear (see photos) at upper bust (likely where the coat was grabbed by a too sharp fingernail, or torn on a brooch). No closures, meant to be clutched! :)  Measures:  57" long from shoulder to hem. NOTE: A 1958 Time Magazine article quotes a sable-lined raincoat costing $15,000... back in 1958!!!!    Also Listed in the 1930s-Today Category.

$ 4,250. ORDER  

Approx. - SIZE Small (sizes 2-6 best)
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[ORDER ITEM - #9939]
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#9939 - c. 1906/07 RARE Parisian Fabulous Ermine and Lace Coat!  With the Photo of the Original Owner (Willie Mae Thompson Norfleet) Wearing the Coat! Wearable Size!  This coat comes directly from the descendants of the woman in the photo.... the coat was stored for all these years in the homestead and remains in surprisingly Excellent condition!!  There are only a few issues to speak of... other than the missing crocheted button on the front (big deal)... there is one spot on the lace on the lower back of the coat, and the inner barely seen silk is shattering behind the lace at the hemline (see photos).  The silk lining is in great condition (see photos), but the extremely delicate pleating chiffon trim (which hardly ever survives!) was taped together.  This kept it from getting worse, but it's not something I'd recommend! :)  Anyway, I'm leaving as I found it.  You can remove the chiffon and no one would know anything was wrong, but I'd rather leave as much fashion history as possible.  NOTE: The coat was not meant to be worn full-length, but rather to about 7/8 length over a gown, so imagine a gown peeking out the bottom.  Wearable 2-6 size!  Measures: Up to 35" bust, but the back is a bit small at 13" between armseams, so best for a size 2/4 gal with smallish back. Though as you can see, she wore it open!  52" long from shoulder to hem. Until the 20th Century, ermine was reserved for royalty in Western Europe seen on the coronation robes of royal and noble persons.  It symbolized purity, valor, justice and dignity. After that, only the most wealthy could afford something this luxurious!!  This coat comes with the original photo of Willie Mae wearing the coat, and a typed 7-page family diary from 1894-1904 which describes the constant trips to Europe and Paris... and even times when they stayed with Royalty, and Willie Mae's sister Ada's address in NYC which was the prestigious Central Park West... one block from the famed John Lennon's Dakota building!!  I'm attributing the coat as a Parisian Designer Coat as it's nearly an absolute match to the Parisian jacket I have listed below! And I know this family bought most of their clothing from Paris.  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s and Museum Categories.

$ 5,875.  ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 2/4, perhaps small 6
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[ORDER ITEM - #9346]
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#9346 - c. 1980's RARE MICHAELE VOLLBRACH Gold Lame and Soft Green Wool Felt Kimono Shaped Evening Coat Trimmed in Peacock Feathers! Former Coty Fashion Design Winner! Attention all wall flowers!!!! You do NOT want this coat! However, if you have always craved attention, and you have a flamboyant style.. or if you are a couture collector... well then... you have just found the holy grail! :) Amazing piece.. part fashion, part sculpture.. by the incomparable Michaele Vollbrach! Just so you know... a quilted kimono jacket sold for $2900+ at Doyle's Auction House, so the prices for these extraordinary pieces are high.. for good reason! No museum textile collection should be without Vollbrach! FYI, "Michael" Vollbrach was recently wooed out of retirement to head the house of Bill Blass, but he's had to tame his wild streak, so it's not the same. Originally purchased in mid-1980's for $2,000. Purchased from Charlotte's in Akron, OH during a trunk show when Michaele Vollbrach was there! So no question this is a limited production couture, or one-of-a-kind piece. Unlined felt (see inside photo). Not for warmth! :) The peacock feathers are beautifully iridescent! The gold lame is shiny! Measures: 46" long from shoulder to hem. No closures, so will fit a variety of sizes.. just not small/short please! This will overwhelm you! Excellent, near mint condition. Also Listed in the Museum Category.

$ 1,750. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE Medium-Large (sizes 10-14, perhaps 16)
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#3637 - c. 1960's PAULINE TRIGERE Turquoise Blue Wool Evening Coat Encrusted with Rhinestones! Should be in the museum section! This is one of the few items I will guarantee to be of a certain designer even without a label. I have seen enough Pauline Trigere's in my life to know that this is HER... I know from the type of rhinestones and wool tailoring that nobody else can copy. Even down to the quality of the heavy wool. You will have to trust me, unless you are as knowledgeable as I (ah-hem!), and you know it's a Trigere as well. Scrumptious color of bright turquoise. The entire neckline, yoke and upper sleeves are lavished with glass rhinestones in every conceivable shape and size. All of these fantastic sparkling stones are in pristine condition, with no darkening, so they catch the light incredibly. The coat itself is soft, very high quality wool (possibly with some cashmere content). Fully lined. Comes with a matching turquoise blue silk scarf from Paris. Excellent condition with the exception of some very light fading down the top of the shoulders down the top of the sleeves. It may be just old dust from hanging on a hanger.. and may get better.. but I haven't dry-cleaned the coat to attempt. It's perfectly wearable the way it is. Measurements won't help much, but I'm a size 6 and this is just a slight bit too large, hence....a size 8. Measures about 37/38" bust, 37" long from shoulder to hem. Also Listed in 1930-Today Category.

$ 675. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 8
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[ORDER ITEM - #3641]
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#3641 - c. 1950's HERBERT SONDHEIM Gold Lame Evening Coat! If you take a look through some old Vogue Magazines, you will see that Herbert Sondheim was a top label of the era. Likely very expensive. I had one Sondheim dress in the past, and that was extraordinarily well-made, so no surprise to see this amazing gold lame coat with that label!! Like liquid gold, the most incredible, drapy gold lame fabric in the "new look" shaping. Also has a huge shawl collar that is actually a hood! The coat has a swingy circle skirt with lots of tiny gathers below the waistline, bodice overlaps and snaps at the waist. Sleeves are full with wide split cuffs. The silky lining is a creamy gold. The coat could easily be altered by moving a snap at the waist. Measures: 46" long from shoulders to hem, 30" long from waist to hem., up to 39" bust, 28" waist, and 100" around the swingy skirt. Excellent condition, but for the original belt which is missing.., and if you are picky, the hem of the lining only is a tiny bit dirty. Make an entrance! This is a High Fashion Coat! I dare you to find another!  Also Listed in 1930-Today Category.

$ 945. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 10/12 (with snap moved)
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[ORDER ITEM - #9688]
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#9688 - c. 1960's ELINOR SIMMONS for MALCOLM STARR Orange, Gold, Black Metallic Brocade Coat! From the closet of an Opera Singer! Ah, if only you could see this in person! It shines as the material is a metallic brocade. But, alas.. I couldn't capture it in this photo.. so please look at the close-up photos to see the detailing. Great tailoring. Great matching of print (my Mother always told me that is the sign of quality goods!). Fairly wide lapels. Double breasted. Jet black rhinestone and gold buttons. Marked size 10, but fits more like a size 4/6 today.. tight sleeves, so no big arms, please!  Measures: 35" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 43" hips, 40" long from neck to hem, 13" around upperarms, 15" across back from armseam to armseam. Sleeves work perfectly for me at 5'2" tall, so if you are taller, the sleeves may be more 7/8 length, which is fine too!  Also Listed in 1930-Today Category.

$ 385. ORDER

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
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# 7293 - c. 1950's/1960's MAINBOCHER Ivory Silk Coat!  From the Estate of Actress Edie Adams!  RARE New York Label!  This coat came from the estate of sexy Muriel Cigar Spokeswoman and Actress, Edie Adams.  There is little to confirm that other than from the COA from Heritage Auction from whence it came.  Oh... and MAINBOCHER?  From the Modern Fashion Encyclopedia:  In 1937, when the Duchess of Windsor purchased her wedding gown and trousseau, it was designed by Mainbocher.  From the start, Mainbocher specialized in simple, conservative, elegant, and extremely expensive fashions, the luxury of cut, materials, and workmanship that could only be recognized by those in the know. As the years progressed, Mainbocher continued to design exclusively on a made-to-order basis, refusing to license his name. By the 1950s and 1960s, old guard Mainbocher customers enjoyed wearing impeccably made classic coats and suits of wool in the midst of nouveau-riche ostentation.  The typical ladylike daytime Mainbocher look was accessorized with a choker of several strands of real pearls, white gloves, and plain pumps with matching handbag.  The integrity of luxurious fabrics, intricate cut, quality workmanship and materials, elegance and classicism, were cherished and worn for years by Mainbocher's upper crust customers.  And now you can be one! :)   Condition is surprisingly Excellent (rare for such a light color!), however I found two hardly seen dirt on one sleeve and one dark tiny spot on the collar (see photos)... but really terrific!!!! I like it better than the Mainbocher 1950/60's coats in the Metropolitan Museum of Art -  http://goo.gl/1lL7m  / http://goo.gl/FhTw8  / http://goo.gl/izvyY !  The collar can be worn up or down (check out the hand stitching under the collar!), love the pocket flaps up above the bust, double breasted.  Up to 44" bust, up to 47" waist, up to 52" hips. 41" long from shoulder to hem.  It's a "swing" style, so looks great worn large.  

$ 765. SOLD on LAYAWAY  

Approx. - SIZE:  8-12
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# 11006 - c. 1980's ALAIA, Paris Dark Green Wool Mini Coat or Long Jacket!  STEAMPUNK SHAPE! For those of you who know.... all I really need to say is "Alaia".   What an awesome piece from the 1980's!   Just checking out prices of Alaia jackets or short coats today, this would cost you $ 2000+.  The shape is killer.  Double breasted "v" waist with wide lapels to wear 3 different ways,  mutton sleeves and split skirt in what could be called a long peplum shape.  The detailing of the seaming with topstitching is wonderful especially on the back.  High quality piece.  Fully lined.  The color is a dark green... a bit darker than you see in this photo but I wanted you to see the details.  Excellent condition with just the slightest moth nips on one sleeve (see photo)... this is just a bit of the wool nap, but not any holes or anything. Those moths knew not to ruin this!!! The back it just as fantastic as the front! The buttons have an interesting patina... I have no idea if they are supposed to look this way, but they have an industrial chic look.  Works perfectly with the jacket.  Measures: 32-34" bust, 24/25" waist (move the buttons if you need a smidge more).  

$ 765. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE: 0/2
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#4523A - New Dyed Blue Fox Stole! I bought this dyed blue fox stole to go with the Sharon Stone worn 1920's beaded flapper dress I had for sale... but since I don't know who wants what for what reason... I figured I should list it separately. Heck, you might want to wear it with nothing underneath! Who am I to tell you you can't! :) Just please... wear something on the bottom! :) Excellent condition.. like new.... wait a minute, it IS new! Guess that's why it's in such great shape! lined in the same electric blue satin as the bow in front. The blue of the fox is slightly more subdued. Really great color. 36" long by 11" wide.. slightly curved shape to fit the body. Also Listed in 1930-Today Category.

$ 395. SOLD

 

 


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#5488 - c. 1920 Steinberg's, Saint Louis Bottle Green Silk Velvet Opera Cape!  OK, I was so surprised when I discovered that this simple shaped cape actually had internal snaps to convert it into more of a "mantle" shape!  The photo at left shows it snapped up, and then the arms just slip through the openings... otherwise, it's worn straight down and just wrapped around the body like a cocoon.  It's like getting TWO capes in one!  The cocoon shape was popular in 1920.  The silk velvet that looks black unless under bright lights is actually a deep bottle green hue.  The bottom half of the cape is a gold metallic thread floral motif design.  Lovely ruffled collar trim of the same embroidery.   And then down the front is a unique "chain" of velvet... one dangle end is missing.  The interior black silk lining is in excellent condition with the exception of the reddish streaks at inner back near label (see photo).  The exterior of this cape is in Excellent condition with the exception of one small area of pulled metal threads (see photo) and some tarnishing of the gold metal to a slight copper hue... you wonder if it was original as it still looks great!   Lovely piece.    Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Category.

$ 895. SOLD  


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#5915 - c. 1920's Bonwit Teller & Co, Fifth Avenue, New York Black Satin, Soutache, Figured Velvet and Fox Collar Wrap Cocoon Coat!  This coat was found hiding in the back room of a local theater.... just sitting there waiting for me to pluck "her" out of obscurity.  I then brought "her" to the furrier who replaced the black fox fur collar with a new one, and now she is practically good as new... and damn gorgeous!   Even the furrier kept saying, "Well, you should get a pretty penny for this... it's beautiful!"  I'd say the only thing wrong with her now is the original button is a bit boring, but otherwise... smashing!  Black silk satin covered with a zigzag soutache in a deco design all over, with figured velvet at the cuffs, inner front and hem to look like fur, and then the new black fox fur collar. Bonwit Teller was a top department store, and I've had other lovely 1920s pieces from there, so I know they were fashion forward and probably imported from Paris.  Measures: up to 48" bust, up to 46" waist, up to 46" hips, 45" long from shoulder to hem. As a wrap coat, it can fit just about anyone... meant to be worn large as always with 1920s pieces.  FYI, the new fur collar cost $485 to replace and the fox was selected to have just the right look.  You'll be more than pleased! :)  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section.

$ 1,485. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6 - 14, depending how you want to wear it


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#9857 - c. 1940/1950's Saks Fifth Avenue Genuine Full Pelt Canadian or Russian Sable Boa!  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't email me if you are offended by the fur.  My job is to sell antique and vintage fashions without making any political or ethical statements on the history of fashion throughout the years.  At many points in time, full body pelt furs were considered extremely fashionable.  I still believe that knowledge of history (whether good or bad) is better than ignorance.  We don't have to condone specifics of history, just acknowledge it...often so we don't make the same mistakes!   Now... on to the piece.  Rare to find SABLE pelts in boas. Back side is a brown velvet with initials "MB" and Saks label.  Excellent, near mint condition.  Should cost much more, but priced to sell! 

$ 365.  SOLD


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#7167 - c. 1910-1912 Edwarian PERDOUX Bourdereau Veron & Cie, Place de la Bourse, 132 rue Reaumur, Paris Black Silk Chiffon and Satin Evening Coat! Purchased from B. Altman & Co, Paris/New York! OK Girls... Class is in session!  I've done the research and it's QUITE impressive for this Perdoux label!  First off, from 1896-1900, Perdoux was the 8th President of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale.  Perdoux SHOULD be better known today as he was mentioned in the same breath as the other top designers of the era.  I found ads to confirm this: A Woodward & Lothrop Store ad from Oct. 12, 1910 from the Washington Herald reads:  "Superb Street and Evening Wraps from Callot Soeurs, Poiret, Gersen, Perdoux, and others".  And during the St. Louis Worlds Fair Expo, the St. Louis Republic Newspaper of Sept 11, 1904 reads: "B. Nugent & Bro. Dry Goods Co. (Nugents Store) Paris Gowns and Wraps - Our grand opening display of imported garments...making St. Louis attractive during the Fair.  We are prepared to supply, all ready for wearing, the most beautiful creations of the world's most noted fashion artists - such as Beer, Callot-Soeurs, Redfern, Perdoux, Drecoll, Paquin and others.  To own a gown or wrap made by one of these masters is a distinction of which even the most prominent leaders of society may feel justly proud. Remember too, these gowns are NOT copies or reproductions, but the original garments, bought from their famous makers by our agent, shipped direct to us, and displayed for the first time in our costume rooms.  Prices on these imported gowns and wraps range from $200. to $750 each."  And then they went on to price US gowns at $25 and coats at fur trim at $25.  Reproductions evening gowns of Paris gowns were priced $65 - $100.  I also found the Perdoux ad from the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.  From the ad, we see he was the fashion GOLD MEDAL winner at the Paris Exposition of 1878, Vice President of the Jury in Brussells in 1897, and Member of the Jury at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.  And older Parisian address was listed in this ad.  The newer address is on the coat label of 132 Rue Reaumur, Paris.  I researched this building and it was completed in 1910 so.... that helps to date this coat as well! Excellent condition, near mint with just one button with some silk loss. Black silk chiffon with Black silk satin trim with loads of black passementerie and lace medallions.  Interior lining is also perfect with a sweet little pocket. Again, near mint condition! Just closes at the lower bust and open from there.  Obviously an evening coat. Measures: up to 39" bust, 50" long from shoulder to hem.   Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section.

$ 2,845.  SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
(check measurements above)
 


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#5813 - c. 1870's / 1880's Tan Linen "Motoring" or "Carriage" Bustle Coat or Traveling Cloak or Duster Coat!  STEAMPUNK!  Usually these linen coats are associated with early motorcars... designed long to cover the entire outfit to keep the mud and dirt from soiling the fine clothing underneath. However, this is one of the early ones... so prior to the advent of motorcars, it would have been for an open carriage.  Shaped to allow for a bustle at back, and with the classic 1870's/1880's mantle sleeves.  Now normally I'm a stickler for condition and hate all spots and stains on anything.  However... when it comes to these traveling cloaks, the spots and stains add character!!!  I wouldn't want to see one of these without it!  So I show most of the important spots for you to see. Otherwise it's in great condition (though will need an airing out as it has a musty odor)!  All the original linen buttons are there, love the unexpected brown ruffle trim, and check out that cape back as well as buttons at back skirt. Please look at all the photos to see all the beauty. Measures: up to 38" bust (but shoulders are smallish), 56" long from shoulder to hem.  Oh, and for all you STEAMPUNK seekers... can't get much better look than this!      Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section.

$ 425. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2-8
(check measurements above) 


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#7451 - c. 1960-1965 ESTHER DOROTHY Two-Tone Taupe and White Ribbed Mink Coat!  I don't usually go crazy over mink coats... I mean they have to be museum quality for me to get weak in the knees... and so when I see that prestigious The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York City (that's "The Met" for those of you in the know), have a very similar coat in their collection, well.... now I know WHY I fell in love with it! :)  Yup... I have good taste! :)  And those of you who frequent my website all have excellent taste as well! :)    Comes with the original long matching mink belt to tie or even bow at front!  I purchased this coat and was told it was THE coat was sold at Christie's Auction in June 21, 1994 (sale #6519) which was from the Wardrobe of Mrs. Claudia Heard De Osborne )a close friend of Balenciaga and a wealthy sociality. I can't confirm that because the photo no longer exists on the Christie's website. But obviously it was owned by a wealthy woman, as the workmanship would have been quite expensive.  I'm told by my furrier that these are thin mink pelts all sewn into the strips that you see!  Not just dyed two-tone. I can't date the coat specifically, but has the "Jackie Kennedy" early 1960s collar, so I gonna go with early 1960s.  The sleeves are 7/8 length, so they show off your fancy bracelets (why it's called bracelet length) !!   Excellent condition.  The Esther Dorothy label reads:  "Furs for the Woman by a Woman, New York."  Measure:  37" long from shoulder to hem. Will fit a x-small to small girl best. 

$ 2,850. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-6, depending how you want to wear it


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#7320 - c. 1960's WOOLF BROTHERS Two-Tone Mink Wrap!  Seen a lot of mink stoles?  Yeah, me too.  Seen a lot of TWO TONE mink stoles or wraps?  Nope... don't think I've seen another so I'm betting you haven't either.  Pastel mink on top and a scalloped dark mahogany mink at bottom.   Now is the time to buy mink if you want it.... as according to NAFA (the North American Fur Auctions) website: http://www.nafa.ca/en/auctions/auction-reports/,  prices of mink "attracted exceptionally high prices".  The reason?  The China market is hot for mink, so..... that's how many billion women who may have just discovered the joy of owning mink???  I show this piece worn a few different ways for fun and for those of you who are fabulously creative.  You might even use this as the bottom of a skirt.  I know it's "out there", but I have some fashionistas who might want to start a new trend, eh?  Remember, if the idea takes off, I want a percentage of sales! : ) :) : )  Excellent condition.  Elegant and funky at the same time, and that's not easy to do.

$ 545. SOLD on LAYAWAY


SOLD
#7425 - c. pre-1983 Vintage Created by the BROTHERS CHRISTIE (or Christie Brothers) Luxurious Genuine Double Sable Fur Boa /Stole / Scarf / Wrap! Nearly 6 FEET long!  I've sold quite a few sable boas.  WHY?  Because I can't stop myself.  I can't live without at least one that I can pet, or better yet feel the softness of sable around my arms.  NOTHING feels like sable!!!    A genuine, stunning, luxurious, fluffy, soft, supple and lightweight sable measuring terrific 70" long (or 140" long if not doubled) and 10" wide (5" wide each) as there are two boas loosely connected into one which allows it to be securely worn criss-crossed. You can secure the boas closer together so they have no gap between, or worn as one long boa. Some of the newer sable boas  are just sable on one side. These are full rounded pelts.  There is a velvet ribbon sewn to the other side with the connection strips to create the look. The fur is in mint condition and so is the lining.  I am not certain of the origin of this sable, but it's indeed sable.  It has a distinctive darker brown stripe down the center of each pelt, and Canadian sable is usually a bit lighter... but I can't confirm if this is Russian or Canadian sable... but it looks/feels just like the very expensive Royal Crown Sable I'm selling in a jacket!  Brothers Christie (5-generation furriers) changed their name to Christie Brothers sometime between 1976-1983, so this is dated pre-1983. This boa has an embroidered name.  It's highly unlikely I'm gonna find someone with the same name, but I usually just keep the name of the previous owner on my furs as a tribute to them!  In this case, you gotta wonder if this was owned by the wife of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry - and lovingly remembered by all us "50-somethings" for her portrayal of Nurse Christine Chapel on the original Star Trek TV series and movies (oh, and she was also the voice of the computers!). Was this her sable stole???  Who knows... but I like to think so! If you've ever wanted a $60,000 sable coat.... this is the perfect starter kit :)  

$ 1,245.  SOLD


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#5021A - c. 1968-1970  GUNTER PROJECT 2 Purple Mod Dress with Matching Mod Coat!  Here's the info from my favorite website, "Vintage Label Resource":  Gunter Ruecker studied at FIT (NYC), and then after working for a clothing firm in his native Germany, he returned to New York in 1968 and he started his own line, Gunter Project 2.  At Project 2, Gunter made pants outfits for women (and obviously some dress/coat outfits! :).  The company that produced Gunter Project 2, G.T.N., was bought by clothing maker Abe Schrader in 1969.  The line continued to be made into the 1970s. Gunter later became a tailoring instructor at FIT." No surprise that Gunter became a tailoring instructor, because you can see from this outfit, he was a master tailor!! Check out the close-up photos to see the seaming details and even the slightly scalloped hemline of the dress!!  Quite heavyweight fabric.  Very Pierre Cardin look. Measures:  34" bust, up to 28/29" waist, up to 40" hips, 33" long from shoulder to hem for both dress and coat. Sadly the condition isn't perfect.  There is slight discoloration on the coat and major discoloration of the coat lining.  The buttons on both are flaking, so they would need to be replaced.  The dress lining is dirty on the dress at the neck and underarm.  And there is a light spot on the sleeve of the coat. Got all that?   Still a great classic outfit from the Mod era. Priced to reflect condition.   Also Listed in the 1930-Today Category.

$245. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4/6
(check measurements above) 


SOLD
#5441A - c. early 1950's ORIGINALA Black Wool Swing Coat Trimmed in Sheared Black Beaver Fur!  Sold at the Prestigious Julius Garfinckel & Co, Washington DC! You really should look through old Vogue and Harpers Bazaar magazines to know just how expensive these Originala coats were!  Here's the info from my favorite (other than my own, of course!) website, the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource: "Originala was one of the better suit and coat houses in New York. Through the years, several well known designers worked at Originala: Marc Bohen (who went on to design at Dior) was there in 1958, Ilie Wacs was the head designer from 1964 through 1972, and Louis Dell’Olio worked there from 1971 through 1974. It was one of the most expensive coat lines made at the time. In the late 1960s, the coats averaged about $500".  As you can see, this is a true swing coat with sleeves that are nearly "cape" length.  High sheared beaver collar can be worn up as you see, or down.   Slash pockets.  Braided buttons.   Fully lined.  Excellent condition except for the fact that the buttons could use replacing or fixing.  They've been pulled out so they are too loose and askew. Not a huge deal, but rather than me fixing, best for you to fix where you want them.  Fur is in very good condition.   No other problems I can find.  This will fit just about any size, but best for smaller shouldered gals.  All depends what you wear under.  If you love swing coats (and who doesn't!), can't get much better.  A heavy coat.... like they used to make! Measures:  39" long from shoulder to hem.  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 545. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-10
(check measurements above)


SOLD
#5443C - c. early 1950's TRIGERE, New York, Bergdorf Goodman On the Plaza, New York  Pauline Trigere Muted Plaid Wool Cape with High Collar Back! Can't really call this a hooded cape unless you have a pea head! :)  I just raised the back of the collar as you can see how high it goes... like an Edwardian collar!  Lovely almost muted red, green and white plaid wool.  Closes with a short tie at front neck and a couple of fur-type hooks.  The arms go through the holes, but the holes also have button tabs to close if you just decide to toss this over your shoulders.  The inside lining is a green wool to help keep you toasty.  The condition of the exterior is Excellent.  The moths, however, got to the green lining (see photos).  Luckily they didn't like the taste of the plaid! And the hooks at front would need to be re-stitched in place. A nice early piece of Trigere.  Her version of "Little Red Riding Hood".    Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 425. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE one size fits most
(check measurements above)


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#7315 - Vintage Neiman Marcus Luxurious Genuine Sable Fur Boa /Stole / Scarf / Wrap! A LONG 7.5 FEET long!  If you think this looks familiar... fooled you!  It's another one... very similar to another sable boa I sold recently for the same price. Like the other, this is as good as new, but a lot less expensive! Measures an exceptional 10" wide (5" each) x  90" long (that's 7.5 feet!!!).  Yeah, I know, I should just pick one name to call this piece, but it's versatile and can be worn a few different ways, so.. it's all these things! A genuine, stunning, luxurious, fluffy, soft, supple and lightweight sable measuring terrific 90" long and 9" wide as there are two boas loosely connected into one which allows it to be securely worn criss-crossed. You can secure the boas closer together so they have no gap between, or split into two boas (one for you, and one for your new best friend!). Each end has tails that are as soft as the rest of the fur.  The lining is velvet. The fur is in mint condition and so is the lining.  I am not certain of the origin of this sable, but it's indeed sable! It has a distinctive darker brown stripe down the center of each pelt, and Canadian sable is usually a bit lighter... but I can't confirm if this is Russian or Canadian sable... it's just great sable! :) When worn criss-crossed around the neck, it is long enough to graze the knees!!  This boa has the embroidered full name of "Marylouise Tandy", which may have been the Arts patron and newspaper publisher Marylouise Tandy Cowan, a Tulsa native who made her home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Activities included work at institutions ranging from the Philbrook Museum of Art to the Tulsa Town Hall. She served on the Americans for the Arts Policy Board and was Publisher of the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper in Maine. If you want to remove her name, just replace the brown velvet ribbon on the other side.  Easily done.  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Category.

$ 1,385. SOLD on LAYAWAY


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#5195 - c. 1890 Victorian Coat of Bottle Green Wool and Soutache!  Wearable Size! One of the prettiest wool Victorian walking coats!!  The soutache is embroidered all down the front  and upper back, as well as on the back skirt and those fantastic sleeves!  Designed in a modified peacock feather design... especially on the skirt.  Short high neck, bustle gathered back, puffed upper sleeves of a matching heavy faille.  Fully lined in matching bottle green silk (still in quite good condition).  So now I have some good news and some bad news.  What do you want first... oh, perhaps I teased it above... this Victorian coat is in a rare wearable size (yea!), however, that's partly due to the fact that someone moved over some of the crochet ball buttons (see last photo to see the original location) and at some point in time there were some matching (but slightly darker) patches on the front (see close-up photos).  Very well done, but you can certainly see them.  So for the perfectionists it might be a problem, but for the rest of you, you will be thrilled to have a coat of this quality and fabulous look.  In addition, there are some minor moth nips, one of the buttons is missing, and has very minor wear of the silk lining.  You can see from the lining photo of the back neck that there used to be a black label on this coat.  Emile Pingat used a black label in this location and shape, and also used a similar peacock shape design on his 1891 mantle in the Opulent Era book, so let's just assume it's Pingat and go from there, eh?? :)  Who knows, this could be an incredible find!!  Measures: 32/33" bust, 25" underbust, 26" waist, 53" long from shoulder to hem.  The width of the back is usually the problem with these Victorian pieces, but this fits my back (I'm a slightly narrow-backed, very modern size 4 bust, size 0/2 waist, 33" bust, c/d cup). Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Section.

$ 985. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 0-4
(check measurements above)


SOLD
#6983 - c. late 1940's LILLI ANN, Paris "New Look" Gray Patterned Wool Coat!  Ah, Lilli Ann... in my opinion the best of the best of the era for tailored suits (OK, perhaps Balenciaga was a wee bit better) and coats! And then this (again my opinion) is the best Lilli Ann wool coat I've ever seen!  The shape is superb, the diamond pattered wool material imported from Paris, France is exquisite, and the construction is superb, and damn that bow at the back of the neck is just soooo sweet!! This coat was uniquely wonderful balloon sleeves. Fabulous diamond pattern of the wool.... giving it an almost quilted look.  Love the high lapelled collar... and has two pockets. Lined in the original russet. Give yourself a treat with a winter coat you are going to love to wear!  OR for any Lilli Ann collectors. Measures:  38" bust, up to 30" waist, 44" long from shoulder to hem.  Photographed with crinoline to show off the shape. Excellent condition with barely noticeable moth nips (no holes) on the skirt and back of collar... very hard to see! You'll never find a better winter coat... and compared to the new wool coats... well, there IS no comparison.  They just don't manufacture wool like this anymore!!  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Category.

$ 785.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 8, perhaps 10
(check measurements above) 


SOLD
#6861 - c. 1908/1909 Gorgeous Pink Silk Embroidered Coat with Lace Trim!  I don't have to say anything, do I? I will just let you look at the photos.  If you are one of the smart ones... you will jump on this!  How many times do you see a pink silk  embroidered "Edwardian" coat in near mint condition????  This is short, but would have been worn over a long dress, giving a great look (I probably should have photographed it over a longer dress, but hey.... I figure you know just as much as I!).  The embroidery is quite 3-dimensional of lovely flowers, I believe they are lilies.  Love the original embroidered decorative buttons! Even the interior is lovely with the large embroidered pocket!! Excellent condition all around. Even the white lace at cuffs and neck. Measures:  34/35" bust, 42" long from shoulder to hem. You will LOVE this in person!  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Category.

$ 1,465.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-6, perhaps 8 if you fit the bust
(check measurements above)
  
 


SOLD
#5700 - c. 1908-1910 Duster Coat with Fashionable Black Silk Trim! These early duster coats are sought after by early motorcar enthusiasts as they are terrific to wear at the next antique car meet!  Especially if you happen to have an early Model T Ford! They were first produced in 1908, so this is perhaps the perfect duster coat for you!  And pretty to boot!  Linen and silk blend (likely) in linen color trimmed in black silk and goldtone buttons and trim on notched collar, patch pockets and turned over cuffs.  Gathered upper sleeve helps to date the coat.  The back has two 18" slits for ease of movement. Measures: up to 35" bust, 13" across the back (so if will be tight under the arms and across the back, so you will want to be small to fit!!), 51" long from shoulder to hem.  Can be worn to ground as you see, but will look perfectly acceptable shorter (with a long skirt under). As these go, Excellent condition... often they are very dirty, but this is quite clean with just the most minor dirt, some loss of the black silk at collar (see photos) and the buttons could be shined up a bit.  But what a nice coat!!!  Also Listed in the 1850-1920s Category.

$ 350. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 2/4
(check measurements above)


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#7059 - c. Fall, 1972 NORELL Bone and Bone Checked Wool/Hair Coat!  From NORMAN NORELL's Final Collection  Donated to Museum from Gustave Tassell, President of Norman Norell, Inc.! Original Hang Tag from I. Magnin with $1,995. Price!!  What a find! First off, this coat was deaccessioned from a museum, and still has the museum tags which include a tag denoting the donor to be none other than Gustave Tassell, the designer who succeeded Norman Norell upon his death in October, 1972 as designer of the Norell label. In addition, this coat has the original hand written tape "Denise 925".  Now I had an exquisite Norell coat with a "Denise 920" tag in the past.  I have NO idea what this all means, but I'd love to find out if anyone out there has a clue!   Who, or what is Denise, and what do the numbers mean?  "Bueller, Bueller"???  I assume this could be a store sample tag??  Anyway, back to the coat... with all this documentation, and the fact that this coat is in Near Mint condition... it's an extremely collectable piece! Simple single breasted button front coat of solid color bone wool/hair fiber blend material (like a mohair) with a very deep (or wide) hem band, cuffs and wide collar of a bone and off-white checkerboard design.  Side seam pockets, and self sash tie.  Fully lined.  Measures:  38" bust, 43" long from shoulder to hem.  My last Norell sable trimmed and velvet coat (with the Denise 920 tape label) sold for $7500. This coat has the original I. Magnin hangtag that reads "Sample" and the original price as "Coat only $1995.00  So it's a STEAL at this price... as with inflation it would have sold for $10,400!!!  

$ 2,285. SOLD on LAYAWAY

Approx. - SIZE 6/8
(check measurements above)


SOLD
#6700 - c. 1960's PIERRE CARDIN Gray Wool Coat!  What is it about 1960s Pierre Cardin?  So many great pieces! I adore the cuffs on this coat and the seaming matching under the arms.  Genius.  Look at the additional photos to see the cuffs cuffed up rather than down... you can wear it either way.  Great back design as well.  Heavy wool.... like they don't seem to make anymore.  Lined in a vibrant yellow satin! Go ahead... flash whoever you want! :) Perfect elephant gray color wool with fun round black buttons.  Check out the back tabs holding on the matching sash tie.  You can wear the coat open at the collar or buttoned up as you see. Back slit. Excellent condition.  

$ 745. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
(check measurements above) 


SOLD
#9934 - c. 1920's Black Satin Flapper Coat with Monkey Fur Trim! Oh my... have you seen Marilyn Monroe in "The Some Like it Hot" in the scene at the train station? This coat gives you that same look - just a bit less fluffy!  Just carry around a ukulele case! :) Check out the movie trailer at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo10W9sSis0  Please note, this is Colubus monkey which is not endangered. For those of you who understand antique and vintage fashion, you will understand the monkey fur.  For those of you who don't... please understand that I am not making any political statement about furs so please don't write me!  I just sell antique and vintage fashions, and this is part of our history. Actually, today, the greatest threat to their continued existence comes from loss of habitat when forests are cut down, not the fur trade!  Back to the coat... Lovely wide and heavily piped striped detailing at cuffs, down front and back.  High collared neckline as was the fashion of the time. Measures: 34" bust (leaving the button where it is... but if button is moved, you can go up to perhaps a 37" bust), 43" long from shoulder to hem.  There are no buttons at the waist, and no marks where they might have been... hmmm. Perhaps the owner preferred to wear tied closed.  A rare piece from the 20's!  The condition is very good, though there are extreme minor satin bruises at hemline, one side, and one spot at upper bust (covered when worn).  And wear of the fur at the back cuff.  Really little to mention.  The only issue that will need addressing is that due to a bit of drying, there is a row where the fur is coming unattached (second tier of hem).  Would just need a furrier to resew.  Not bad.  Black silk lining is excellent.  

$ 885.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 4-8
(check measurements above)
 


SOLD
# 11236 - c. 1920's/1930's Plum Silk Velvet Short Evening Coat!  Killer color!  And oh so soft! And look at that incredible collar!  And the two layered gathered sleeves!  These are the things that made me want to sell this coat even though it's not perfect.  I figure you can either live with the issues, or get creative.  So what's wrong?  Well, there are small holes in the velvet.  One area is just under the sleeve cuff at the side of the coat (see photos).  It's in a location that is hidden when the sleeve is hanging down at the side.  But if you raise your arm, you will see them.  So, options are.. just to back the area with matching color so you don't see them (now it's white under, so they sadly "pop").  OR you can embellish the coat in that area because it's exactly where you might have a diagonal pocket.  There is one other area near the bottom of the coat just where the coat closes with more small holes (see photo).   These should be backed with matching color to hide.  And the lining of the coat is worn at the upper back where a label might have been (damn!).   Was it shortened at some point?  Not sure... but it seems a bit short to me.  HOWEVER... even with these issues, it's still a piece you will LOVE to own!!!!   Wear slightly more open or with the collar more wrapped at the neck.  There is a small button closure (you might want a bigger button... I'm pretty sure it's not original.  Most of these I've seen have matching self covered buttons there, but anything would do.  This coat came from a woman who told me this was owned by "Aunt Edith’s (Simon) who was born in 1884 and passed away in 1982 and lived and died in Painesville, Ohio."  Nice long life!!!!   You will LOVE it... trust me!  Would be more than twice the price if perfect... it's THAT lovely.

$ 685.   SOLD
 

Approx. - SIZE XS (narrow back - fits me at 34" bust, but still tight across back)
(check measurements above)


SOLD
#4572 - c. 1940's Weinberger's Metallic Braiding and Beaded Boucle Wool Evening Coat! You don't need to wait for an evening event to wear this coat... as long as you don't mind being the best dressed woman around! Especially great for those of you who live in Northern walking cities where outerwear is the most important fashion garment. Heads will turn. You'll be stopped on the street by a fashion magazine photographer who will want your permission to profile you in the next issue. You will be discovered by an agent, and asked to audition for television shows, and you'll be cast as the next "Desperate Housewife". You'll win an Emmy. Then go on to be the first woman to gross $25 million per film. And finally the Oscar and a star on the walk of fame. All that from one coat!!!! :) I can't promise all this.. all I can promise is that you will love your glamorous new coat. A boucle wool, full length with great sweep, wide 40's shoulders, shawl collar and gold metallic braiding with beads and pearls which wraps around from front to back waist.. and even under the collar so you can wear it up in Cossack style. Fully lined in rich gold satin. Measures: 36-38" bust, up to 32" waist, 58" long from shoulder to hem, 15" across back between armseams, 18" across shoulders. Excellent condition! Near mint! Closes only with two hooks at waist. You can move them a bit if necessary.

$ 1,245.  SOLD

Approx. - Size approx. 6/8, perhaps 10
(check measurements above)


SOLD
#9986 - c. 1926/1927 EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ATTRIBUTED TO JEANNE LANVIN Ivory Silk Evening Coat with Fur Collar Lined in Brown Silk Velvet! This fabulous piece just came to me "out of the blue" from the descendant of a wealthy woman who travelled in only the best circles.  The family oral history is that this coat was a "runway" piece from Jeanne Lanvin's Parisian Couture house. My expert fashion historian dated it to likely Winter 1927 due to the bell-bottomed sleeves (introduced in 1926 - but at the height of fashion in the
Autumn/Winter collections of 1927, when couturiers used all their design ingenuity in finding clever dressmaker details, and decorative treatments, to emphasize these flaired, wide-bottomed sleeves.  Certainly, the extraordinary cartridge-pleating on this coat qualifies as a "clever dressmaker detail."  The placement of this decoration, both to emphasize the width of the sleeve and to suggest a slight flare toward the hem of the garment, reinforces this probability.   The quality of the materials, and the craftsmanship, do suggest that this is real couture, missing label notwithstanding.  In the Fall of 1927, both Doeuillet and Martial & Armand showed coats that vaguely resemble this one, but while there are no specific "designerisms," to verify the Lanvin attribution, there is also no compelling reason to doubt the family tradition that it is, indeed, by Lanvin.  This MAY be a "one of a kind" sample, and if so... it's certainly extremely rare!  The exterior is ivory silk tightly gathered into the "feather" scalloped edged design in the bell sleeves and stepped sides and back.  The interior is completely lined in a brown silk velvet. The large collar worn as you see or high and tight (as often seen in the 1920s) is a brown silky fur (not sure what).  There are no closures on the coat.. it just stays open as you see, or use a brooch to close... the fashion etchings from that era just show coats held closed when wrapped.  It's quite small... as shown on the size 2 mannequin, it really should wrap a slight bit more... so it's better for a size 0 today.   The condition is very good... Excellent in the structure and the detailing, but the plain ivory silk has large waterspots (light, but they are there) in the front (see photos)... and age spotting on the inside (not seen) under the velvet lining. This is really a coat for a collection or museum as it's SO special!   Or certainly if you have a Lanvin retrospective ball to attend....  well, this should be one of the highlights of that evening!  A RARE DESIGNER 1920s COAT! 

$ 5,000. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 0
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#3156 - RARE c. early 1960's Labeled HUBERT de GIVENCHY - PARIS Lime Green Wool Tie Coat! You know that people call everything "Audrey", but they are usually stretching the definition (including myself!). However, this IS "Audrey" as it was designed by Audrey Hepburn's favorite designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Yes, he was the one who designed many of her famous movie gowns, as well as her personal wardrobe. Givenchy started working in 1945 for Jacques Fath and continued under Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong, and Schaiparelli, with Balenciaga for his mentor. He opened his own house in 1952. Rare today (at least rare for me!) to find the Hubert de Givenchy labeled garments....this wonderful feeling soft wool (likely a cashmere blend) coat highlight's Givenchy's more simple yet colorful "architectural" style of the late 50's, early 60's. Has high empire waist and ties through two button holes in the front for closure. Swing slits in front and in back, make this a unique piece. Lined in green silk. Perfectly tailored with top stitching design. 3/4 length sleeves. 36" length. 16" sleeves. 15" across back at waist point. Excellent condition!!! Museum Quality!

$ 1,465.  SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6
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#9933 - c. Autumn-Winter 1963 CHRISTIAN DIOR, PARIS COUTURE NUMBERED and DATED Coat!  Wow!  Step back into the past - and arrive back to 1963 in style in this vintage Christian Dior Couture Coat!!  Awesome funnel neck, 7/8 length sleeve, checked mohair,  "Jackie-O" coat  (eerily dated at exactly the time of President Kennedy's death of Nov. 22, 1963). Simple, yet classic tan and bone checked mohair.  Nice raglan seaming at the armholes.  Great neck!! Fully lined. Excellent condition with just some scratching of the wooden round buttons. The label shows some age, but the exterior coat does not. Measures: 44" bust and waist, up to 49" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem.  

$ 985. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE 6-10 (depending what you wear under and how large you like your coats)
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#9984 - c. 1960's REAL ERMINE Fur Capelet!  Ooh SO Soft!! OK, sure you can buy yourself a mink stole, or you can buy what used to only be worn by royalty... white winter ermine!  Sometimes people will confuse white mink with ermine... but it's very different.  And ermine is the wealthier fur! Lovely cape in great condition which can be worn as you see at the left, or wrapped a bit tighter (see other photos). Has a group of black tipped ermine tails at the front.  Fully lined. Excellent condition.  You will find a few tiny yellowish spots (see photos) in the fur just prove that it is indeed Genuine Ermine and not dyed!  If you want to feel like a Royal Princess....(not the cruise liner, but the fairytale kind)... this is for you!

$ 565. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE small best


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#4623 - c. 1960 PHILIPPE VENET Ivory Spring Coat owned by The Baroness Hubert Von Pantz! Come on... really now... haven't you always secretly wanted to become a Baroness? Well.. even if you don't have the entire package.. now at least you can have a Baroness' coat! Yup.. directly from a museum collection, with the previous owner's name, Baroness Hubert Von Pantz, attached on a tag. I have little information about her, though Google calls her "Avon Products Terry McConnell", who married the Baron Hubert Von Pantz... who previously was perhaps best known for his affair with Coco Chanel!!!! The Baron was also known for creating "The Mittersell Schloss", from an ancient castle in Salzburg.... a resort for wealthy and aristocratic celebrities such as William Randolph Hearst, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Clark Gable. So... although this coat looks like it was never worn.. obviously the Baroness was only going to buy the best! Excellent condition, like new. Very expensive detailing, rhinestone buttons, finest fine light ivory spring-weight wool, flap back, fully lined. Even the great Givenchy in his Tribute to Timelessness is quoted as saying "Philippe Venet is a fine example of a couturier who just goes quietly on making the kind of clothes most normal women would love to wear". Never more true than with this perfect coat!

$ 545. SOLD

Approx. - Size 6/8
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#6887 - 1992 MTV Music Television Black Leather Bomber Jacket! Size LARGE!  WHOA! This is certainly different!  Especially on my website.  I don't normally sell items like this, but hey, it's a great gift item for your MTV or music fan!  It's 100% leather exterior with a quilted nylon lining.  Love the bright blue and white leather with red accent leathers all sewn together.  The "Music Television" below the leather logo is embroidered in red.  The ribbed cuffs, waistband and collar are matching tri-colored bands.  Note the cool metal zipper tag at front... with the MTV logo as well!  Very Good to Excellent condition.... the minor faults are simple to overlook... the lining has some discoloration/fading and there are tiny marks on the leather (see photos - picky, picky, picky!).  I've seen other MTV jackets, but none better than this!  LOVE the style! It's shown on a large female dressform, but it's labeled LARGE, which is a man's size Large.  I tried it on my XL boyfriend just to confirm.  It's a regular length, not as good for a tall guy (my guy is 6'1" and a bit short for him)... like a size 40-42R.  Also Listed in the 1930-Today Section.

$ 165. SOLD

Approx. - SIZE LARGE (Men's)
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