fabulous antique to vintage art deco patchwork fabric coat - ex wardrobe dept?
Just wonderful, I assume ex-theatre (a pared down Joseph’s coat?!) although there are no labels.
Patchwork of wonderful earlier art deco printed textiles to front, and later (60s or 70s?) faux fur collar which I was tempted to remove but have left alone. I think there may have originally been a silk collar or lace, I can maybe see the remains of something that has been removed beneath - see photo.
The front is trapeze shaped whereas the back looks to be a more edwardian shape with darts to waist, and a rather painterly design to the material featuring exotic birds if you looks closely. Possibly re-use of earlier coat at back.
The ruffled sleeves are trimmed in mismatched antique lace. The fabric is just wonderful - tulips and sleeves look particularly deco. Closure is old brass snaps to the front edge.
My tailor repaired this for me, as it had an open seam.. we discovered the entirety of the bottom edge is lined in old (I think Dutch, from memory) newspaper for stiffening. It’s just fabulous but as I already have something quite similar, I have decided I am probably not going to wear it, so needs to move on before it disappears into a trunk..
Measures: I'd say around a 10 UK shoulder wise.
Bust 38" inc darts
Waist 36" (darted back, looser front)
shoulders from seam to seam approx 15"
Underarm to cuff 20" approx (gathers up)
Shoulder to hem approx 45"
Condition: clearly made for a costume it has been very professionally done. I had a seam repaired and all tidied to make it so I could wear it, but then didn’t.. but it’s ready to. Please study photos for flaws.
- Splash of old paint
- age marks to lace and small breaks
- lace to one cuff is a bit clumsy compared to other side
- couple small holes/ to fabric
-older fabric to sleeves a little age marked but does little to dectrat, and slight fade to one shoulder on tulip print.
- remnant of old paper label to inner sleeve
Neatly done repairs to bottom of lining, the rest is very clean and tidy internally.