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Vintage 1951 Traina-Norell Black Duchess Satin Voluminous Pleated Swing Coat



This exquisite Traina-Norell designer coat, fashioned in a high-quality duchess silk satin, exemplifies their signature blend of couture-level quality with quintessentially American style—elegant in its simplicity. This was a difficult piece to date. Though there are examples made in 1956 similar to this coat, the extra volume and early Bonwit Teller label are in line with 1949-51. The construction itself is a masterpiece; the garment as a sculptural feel but without being stiff or heavy. The workmanship is impeccable and has the type of seamed pattern work that one rarely sees today. I love the sparkling glass jet-bead buttons and 3/4-length sleeves. The heavily pleated fabric met by two over-sized pockets creates such a gorgeous look. As pointed out in the book "Couture: The Great Designers", Norell had a profound influence on the ready-to-wear industry and on younger American designers by insisting that off-the-rack clothing be as fine as made-to-order. The masterful cut and superb quality of this garment more than meets his exacting standards. A timeless museum quality piece that will never lose it's appeal. Measurements Bust:up to 44 inches Hips:up to 62 inches Sleeve Length:19 inches Total Length:40 inches Shoulder to Shoulder:15.5 inches This Traina-Norell designer coat is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or discoloration. Lots of wonderful detail and immaculate seaming. We added many pictures so you can see how incredible she really is. This garment is almost 70 years old and is truly a collector's dream.


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  • Dimensions
    Length: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Bust: 44 in. (111.76 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU30910649042

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