SOLD - Vintage 1940s Coat CASTILLO for ELIZABETH ARDEN Documented Couture Small bust 36
A very rare couture coat from 1947 by Antonio Castillo for Elizabeth Arden. The same coat in a different fabric was shown in the November 1, 1947 issue of Vogue magazine. I am indebted to Monica D. Murgia for her detailed research and information about the working relationship between Castillo and Arden and for providing the photo from Vogue. I highly recommend that you read her very informative blog post to learn more about this coat. Castillo made only custom couture garments for Arden's clients in 1947, so I can accurately say this piece is American Couture. You will note that this coat is slightly different from the one shown in Vogue because each was made to a specific client's requests in fabrics and trimmings.
- Coat is made from silk ottoman in deep navy blue and black.
- The coat is a true piece of tailored sculpture with heavy buckram interlining that has held it's shape for 66 years.
- The princess shape flares out from the tiny waist.
- Black silk foldover braid binds the edges of the collar and accents the yoke front and back and the sleeves. All braid is completely sewn by hand.
- Coat closes with a double row of self-fabric halo buttons and bound buttonholes.
- Angled welt pockets at the hips.
- Collar is constructed and attached completely by hand.
- Coat completely lined in silk crepe. Lining is set in by hand.
|Shoulder to Shoulder:||14 1/2"|
|Contents & Care:||No labels - Silk - Dry Clean with a professional conservator|
|Shipping International:||$64.00 Must ship Global Priority due to weight|
CONDITION: Good - The silk foldover braid that edges the collar and decorates the coat has deteriorated over time. It will need to be replaced if you plan to wear the coat. This is worst at the edges of the collar where the inner linings and interfacings show through the frayed edges. There is a 1/2" cut in the silk ottoman fabric at the upper back yoke. The ottoman fabric is strong and is not showing any issues. This spot looks like it was cut by accident with a knife or scissor. Otherwise, the coat is in great shape. Price reflects condition for this documented and very rare piece.