My sewing friend Carla Fracchia and I worked together recently at The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco. Her mother came to visit the class one day and brought along a fantastic gift for Carla–a vintage magenta silk-satin couture opera coat. It was magnificent and worth examining.
Carla’s grandfather was at one time President of I. Magnin, a very prestigious San Francisco department store. As you might imagine, Carla’s grandmother wore the best of the best, including this beautiful coat. (Just to give you an idea of the company her grandparents kept, Carla’s godmother was the legendary Irish designer Sybil Connolly). The coat was made by Monte-Sano & Pruzan, a New York-based company known in the 50’s and 60’s for its fine workmanship and expensive garments.
Carla’s quite petite, so the coat will have to be sized down for her, but it’s totally doable. What a beautiful (and inspiring) garment!
My thanks to Susan Bertolli (another sewing friend!) for modeling the coat, and to Carla for the photographs.
And here I’ve replicated the closure. It’s easy to do, and elegant to look at: