Friday, April 03, 2009

Vintage Swing Coats by Traina-Norell

1949, traina-norell, polka dot swing coat, richard avedon, john frederics hatsIt's been rather dreary the last few days, and we're expecting about an inch of rain between today and tomorrow. But who can be dreary when looking at these swing coats from 1949?

"We celebrate the silk coat - the height of fashion and of luxury, the newest possession, almost the summer equivalent of mink. The cut is very big, completely covering a day-length dinner dress, making for much rustle and movement."

All three coats are by Traina-Norell. The solid black is silk faille and the polka dotted coats are silk taffeta. All three hats are by John Frederics. Photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar.

5 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Oh lordy, I'm a sucker for a great swing coat. Those make me weak in the knees!

Suzanne said...

Dumb question - silk as outerwear sounds like a terrific luxury ... is the silk treated to deal with the soppy wet? or does one wear a protective overcoat in addition?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Suzanne, no they're not treated. It's probably best to wear these when the weather is nicer. I'll have to show you some real raincoats next week!

Gladys said...

Gorgeous! You know I love the way that they flow and float. Not practical for Icecycle Montana though

Past Perfect Vintage Clothing said...

That Norman - he was awfully good.

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