1990s Geoffrey Beene Black & White Coat, From the Ebony Fashion Fair

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This piece was used in an Ebony Fashion Fair and and in the collection by Eunice Johnson.  Stylish silk hip-length coat by noted fashion designer Geoffrey Bean. Jacket is an a-line style...

This piece was used in an Ebony Fashion Fair and and in the collection by Eunice Johnson.  Stylish silk hip-length coat by noted fashion designer Geoffrey Bean. Jacket is an a-line style with rounded hem that is shorter in the front. Print is a black and white spotted animal print in silk with an overlay of another soft felt like fabric for a sophisticated dimensional animal print. Black silk lining. This jacket will work will either with cocktail attire or jeans. 

Other than the Beene logo there are no fabric or sizing labels. Jacket comes with the cream Anne Klein leather belt it was shown with. Jacket has large rounded neck. Two 1.5" round silk buttons in black. Inline pockets and back vent. Based on the design of the label, this jacket is from the early 90s.

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Approximate Measurements Taken Flat:
Shoulders: 18"
Bust: 22"
Waist: 22"
Hip: 22"
Length – Center: 30” in front; 33" in back
Sleeve Length: 24”

Belt: Length: 37", 1st hole is 30"; Width: 2", Buckle: 3" x 2.5"

Condition: Jacket is in very good shape. Belt has minor wear particularly on the buckle.

Mark/Label: Geoffrey Beene, belt is stamped Anne Klein

Geoffrey Beene, born in Louisiana in 1927. After dropping out of medical school he moved to Los Angles and studied fashion design. He later studied in New York City and Paris. He founded his firm, Geoffrey Beene, Inc., in New York City in 1963. A year later, he was awarded the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of fashion. His first collection was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Beene's clients included Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Faye Dunaway and Glenn Close. [ In 1968, he designed Lynda Bird Johnson’s wedding dress. Beene was known as both an innovator and a teacher. Several of his former apprentices such as Kay Unger and Alber Elbaz are now successful fashion designers.



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. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her death, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashions . This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces made available.


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