Claude Montana | FD50

Vintage Couture Claude Montana Coat & Pant Ensemble from the Ebony Fashion Fair, Size 44

Fabulous wool coat and pants in vivid purple by famed 80s designer Claude Montana. This set was used at the Ebony Fashion Fair in the 1980s.
Approx. Size:  Label size 44. ...
  • Fabulous wool coat and pants in vivid purple by famed 80s designer Claude Montana. This set was used at the Ebony Fashion Fair in the 1980s.
    Approx. Size:  Label size 44.  This is extra small, please check measurements below 
    Condition: Very good. One very small hole on right sleeve.  Pants have not been hemmed.  Belt has been altered to close with a snap.  Buckle has been disabled.
    Mark/Label: Claude Montana Paris, made in Italy
    One of a kind vintage item - Buy Now.
    • Long coat with wide rounded shawl color.
    • The coat has a metal hook closure at the waist with an additional hook & snap in the middle of the lapel for additional coverage if you aren't wearing a shirt.
    • Coat flairs out from the hips with vertical pleats on each side of the front.
    • Very flattering look.
    • A faux pocket on each side of the front. Slight dolman sleeve. Purple acetate lining.  
    • Matching purple belt with antique silver metal buckle.  
    • Pants are wide-leg with a high waistband that is 2.5".
    • Side metal zipper.
    • Long darts on front and back give these pants a very tailored look. In-line pockets.   
    • Acetate lining.
    Approximate Measurements Taken Flat (cm):
    Shoulders: 18" (48)
    Bust: 17.5"  (44.5)
    Waist: 15" (38
    Hip: 20"  (51)
    Length – Center Back: 33”  (84)
    Sleeve Length: 24”  (61)

    Pants:  (Very small size)
    Waist: 14.5"  (37)
    Hips: 22"  (56)
    Length" 119" (302) ((Pants are not hemmed)
    Pant Width at hem: 6" (15)
    Zipper" 9.5"  (24)

    Length: 34" (86); Width: 3" (7 ), buckle 4" x 4"  (10 x 10)

    Montana, born in Paris in 1949, got his start in London the 1960s selling his line of Papier-mâché jewelry. Back in Paris at the start of the 1970s, he worked with the leather accessory company. MacDouglas. He launched his own line in 1977 and become famous as one the most important designers of the 1980s. His clothes were known for their powerful, masculine lines. Jackets usually had shoulder pads. His designs were highly prized by high powered women. In the late 80s, he also designed for Lanvin for several years.

    The Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) was founded in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder with her husband of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops. 

    Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly, and Willi Smith. EFF ended in 2019 after the death of Johnson. Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashions since that time. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces made available.


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  • When is a size 12 not a size 12? When it‘s vintage.

    Today’s sizes have very little correlation to clothing size labels from past decades.   Over the past 20+ years designers and manufacturers have fed our egos by making standard size numbers smaller and smaller. Back in the 1960s there was no size 0.  The smallest size was a 6. Plus today’s men and women are fitter, taller and have much more muscle tone of than people of earlier eras. Even today‘s undergarments make a difference. Today’s woman isn’t corseted, girdled or wearing a stiff bra. So even the thinnest of people sometimes have trouble with vintage sizing.


    When shopping for vintage clothing at MadgesHatbox look at the “measured flat” sizing in each vintage clothing listing.  This means the garment was lying on a table and measurements were taken from side-to-side. To compare, pull a like piece from your own closet. Place it flat on a table and measure across the front at the shoulders, bust, waist and hips. The bust measurement is taken directly under the armpit. It’s also a good idea to measure your sleeve length from the end of the shoulder to the wrist.


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