Now that I have a proper dress form, I can show you one of my prize pieces of fashion. This coat belonged to my grandmother; she bought it from a department store called Pomeroy’s in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania sometime in the late 1950’s. The coat has a Pomeroy’s store label, and the fabric label reads Cashmere “400”, 100% Virgin Cashmere, Country Tweeds” and is ink-stamped with a 6-digit registration number.
During the 50’s better department stores had made-to-order clothing departments, and I think that’s where this coat came from. It’s really beautiful and has many interesting features that I thought you’d like to see. The lining is mushroom grey beige silk crepe. The coat wraps across the front and closes with a large self fabric button on the front and ties with a matching petersham ribbon on the inside.
Much to my delight, a while ago I found the inspiration for this coat: the back of the coat, and especially the gathered detail on the yoke, is identical to a Balenciaga dress from 1957 found on page 542 of Fashion: A History from the 18th to th 20th Century. Interestingly, the Balenciaga dress originally came with a matching coat according to the caption, and evidently, like my coat, the front of the dress wraps across the front and attaches with a self fabric button as well.
I wear this coat a few times a year and it fits me perfectly. It’s in excellent condition too, which is a testament to its fine construction. They really don’t make them like this anymore do they?