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Vintage Canadian Fashion Design 1970s Black Velvet Coat Leo Chevalier Ladies M


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This is a vintage 1970s black velvet coat designed by Leo Chevalier for Montroy of Montreal.  Chevalier appears to have designed for Montroy during the early to mid 70s.  He is, of course, a legendary Canadian designer, recipient of many awards, and is considered a fashion trailblazer who challenged the Montreal rag trade to produce Canadian designs rather than importing designs from New York or Paris.  He produced his first collection in 1963, established his couture house in 1967 and was awarded the design contract for the Air Canada in flight uniforms in 1972.  In 1979, he was the first designer to receive the Order of Canada.  

The coat has a wide collar that can be worn in different ways (see photos).  The collar, cuffs and opening are all trimmed in black rickrack.  The coat closes with eight plastic buttons down the front plus a button and loop at the neck.  It has a banded waist and the skirt of the coat flares to the hemline.  The back is gathered in pleats both above and below the banded waist, very attractive.  The coat is fully lined in maroon acetate fabric.  The coat would provide warmth in a colder climate although it isn’t meant for harsh winter use.

Material:  100% Cotton velvet, very nice quality

Sizing: There is no size label, and although this should fit a medium size, please rely on the following measurements for fit (please take the style of the coat and thickness of the fabric into consideration):

Shoulders:  15” across from shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam

Sleeves:  24 1/2” long

Sleeve inseam: 18 1/2”

Bust: 37” around, taken under the arms

Waist:  29” around

Hips:  41” around, meant to fall loosely

Overall length: 45 1/2“, measured flat

Condition: It is in very good condition with no wear, tear, holes, stains or odours - it looks to have seen little use and was well stored over the years. . 

This is a really flattering velvet coat, excellent quality and attractive 70s Canadian design!