Early 1970s Roberto Cavalli Denim & Painted Leather Jacket

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Now the Roberto Cavalli label is associated with fantastical jersey gowns and elaborate prints, but when Roberto started as a young designer his love was in textile designs. Very early in his career he invented a process where he was able to transfer prints and paints onto leather and became known for his leather work after his first collection was presented in 1972 (the other jacket I am listing along with this one is a museum quality example of that process). He also presented as a young designer collections that mixed denim and painted leathers of which this wrap jacket is a beautiful example of. It is interesting to note that Bridgette Bardot was a huge fan of his work and many of the shots from this time period of her have her wearing his designs. This is an early and rare piece from those days and it is quite fabulous as it demonstrates all three of his signatures during this time period - the printed leathers, the hand painted leather and denim. The body of the jacket is made of a light weight denim and it has inserts of hand painted leathers that is extremely light and pliant. The designs is a beautiful soft floral design and is quite beautiful. The edges and the belt are of his printed leather and offer a stunning contrast. I love the little trim around the floral design part that combines the two techniques. It looks to be a transfer print on leather with hand painted detailing. It is cut with a nod to the kimono shape with wide sleeves and cut straight through the body. This then wraps and ties with a printed leather belt that matches the main detailing. More painted insets sit on each hip and hide pockets there as well. It's amazing really. Excellent, museum quality condition.

Unlined and has the belt to close. Hidden pockets. The wrap fit will allow for a great range of sizes

Sleeves: 13" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 25.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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