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Valentino Folklore Tapestry Runway Coat Fall 2012


Valentino designs have an underlying dramatic wonder and opulence to them. The silhouette, fabric, and detail come together in a spectacular showcase of a fresh aesthetic or a nostalgic design, all while maintaining that iconic, Italian luxury vibe. Inspired by traditional folk costume and native dress, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli merged haute couture with folklore to spectacular effect for the 2012 Valentino Fall collection.

As seen as look #12 on that season’s runway, this magnificent coat was the coat of the season that year—and of seasons to come. A celebrity favorite, this coat is shown in the pictures on Natalia Vodionava and Eva Mendes. Done in a cotton wool blend, this embroidered tapestry coat features rows of intricate, folklore inspired patterns in shades of pink, burgundy, white, and yellow on a black ground.

A luxurious riff on a timeless classic, the coat is feminine and regal at once with its long graceful lines and impeccable tailoring. The fitted bodice begins with a simple, high collar and straight long sleeves that reach the wrists. Three large frog closures along the front placket give this coat a distinctive military feel that harmonizes perfectly with the folklore inspired embroidery. The coat has side slit pockets at each hip and falls to a maxi length at ankles from small gathers at the waist, bringing a dainty fullness to its otherwise columnar silhouette.

Size estimate: Small


Shoulders: 15 inches

Sleeves: 24 inches

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 29 inches

Hips: 37 inches

Length: 53 inches

The coat opens to a thigh high slit at the center front placket, mirroring the high collar while allowing for greater ease of movement. A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this coat is meant for the spotlight and will lend gravitas to any fall or winter ensemble.

In excellent condition, this chenille Valentino coat is lined in silk and has three large frog closures with hidden snaps underneath. It was purchased for $5500 from the Valentino boutique in 2012 and looks as if it has barely been worn. High quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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