Woman's Coat

Designed by Bonnie Cashin, American, 1915 - 2000. Made by Sills and Co., American, 1946 - 1977. Worn by Leola Marva, American.

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1964-1965

Fulled mohair twill, leather, metal

Length: 43 inches (109.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Donna Marva West, 2002

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Bonnie Cashin pioneered many influential clothing concepts, including layered dressing and loose-fitting, unstructured garments. Made of fuzzy mohair, one of the designer’s favorite fabrics, and outlined in her signature leather binding, this short coat illustrates Cashin’s innovative, modern style, from the unusual closure at the neck—a gold chain and pin—to the bottom fringe. The coat beautifully shows the designer’s use of minimal seaming: a single pattern piece forms the wide back and sleeves, while a narrow belt controls some of the front fullness.