Couture 1960s Jean Patou Wool Dress and Cape - New!

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Size: Medium


Bust: 40 inches +102 cm

Waist: 36 inches + 91 cm

Hips: 42 inches + 107 cm

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder to Dropped Waist: 22 inches + 56 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107  cm 


Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  42 inches + 107  cm 


Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.



* Amazing 1960s wool commercially-made dress and cape

* Fabric is black and white fleck heavyweight wool tweed and fine black wool

* Classic Space Age silhouette 

* Dress has short sleeves and rounded collar in black fine wool with a dropped waist

* Lower part of skirt in tweed with wide knife pleats

* Large decorative buttons decorate the dress on each side below the waist

* Cape is constructed entirely in b&w tweed with peaked collar

* Button-through cape with mock button pockets that are really slits for arms

* Cape has an open kick pleat at back and is fully lined in black silk taffeta

* Dress with back metal zipper hand sewn typical of couture finishing

* Dress also fully lined in black silk taffeta

* Label reads Jean Patou Paris

Jean Patou (1887-1936) opened his first design house, Parry, in 1912. Two years later he reformed the company under his own name, but was forced to leave it in the care of his family while he was deployed during WWI. He was back in business after the war and in 1919 the House of Patou began in earnest. His clothes were sporty and youthful and they were a big success both in France and in the United States. He not only designed dresses, but also true sportswear such as tennis dresses, ski ensembles, and bathing suits.

In 1924 Patou travelled to the US and when he returned to Paris he took with him six American models. The American trade was an important part of his business and the models were to assure a good fit on the taller American figure, and to attract more US buyers. In 1929 Patou lowered hemlines and moved the waist back to its natural position and the rest of the fashion world soon followed suit.

Patou died in 1936 and the house was then directed by his brother-in-law, Raymond Barbas. Since then there has been a considerable amount of talent at the house of Patou: including Marc Bohan 1953-1957, Mad Carpentier 1958-1960, Karl Lagerfeld 1960-1963, and Christian LeCroix 1982-87. The last clothing collection was in 1987, and since that time Patou has produced perfumes. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)



Mostly excellent. 

The only issues I can see are a couple tiny pinhole repairs on back of the dress that are hardly noticeable and. couple of pinpricks. Both near the zipper and honestly you would never know unless pointed out. There are a couple of holes in the lining of the cape but again not noticed when wearing and does not affect the durability or presentation of this sensational outfit.

Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.



Magnificent and highly-collectable Space Age dress and coat ensemble by the renowned fashion label Jean Patou. It is likely Karl Lagerfeld was the design of this ensemble. It truly is an incredible piece. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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