1970s Bonnie Cashin Woven Coat

 

 

 

Some women are content with the all purpose black over coat.  hile we won't deny that black is, for the most part a safe bet, we will argue that it probably won't get you noticed, and definitely won't encourage the impression that you are a woman of style. Safe and stylish are not synonymous, and if you're stuck in a black coat rut, we have just the coat to break the chains that bind you. Astonishing in textile and cut like only Bonnie Cashin could do, this wool coat is loosely woven in an overlapping circular pattern of black, oatmeal and flecks of amber that at fifty paces, looks almost like a snakeskin print. Somewhat fitted through the shoulder and bust, then eased through the body with inverted pleats under each arm at the center back, running to the hem, that give it movement and controlled fullness. The collar and sleeve cuffs are dark brown leather, with leather trimming all the edges, and a leather 'tailor's tack' tab at the top of each pleat.  Huge pockets are inconspicuously tucked into the folds of the side gusset at either hip. Brushed gold buttons fasten the front.  The coat is partially lined in a comfy lightweight dark brown jersey.  Like we said, an amazingly beautiful article of clothing, so beautiful in fact, that you may never don a black coat again. Made by Bonnie Cashin for Sills, aside from some pink marks on the lining that looks like nail polish or paint, it is in excellent condition. Bust to 42", shoulder 15.5”, sleeve 22.5, length 38  $595