Vintage 1960s 70s wool shearling mouton fur coat trim Dr Zhivago princess meets space age spy silver buttons asymmetric side breasted

 

A sensational 1960s vintage coat that is somewhat of an enigma: no label, but clearly an amazing & original 1960s piece which brings together the traditional in terms of style & fabric, (veryAnna Karenina Dr Zhivago princess style) with the 1960s version of the space age: silver disc buttons, vinyl & silver buckle reminiscent of Pierre Cardin or Courreges of the time. 

 

There is a disc that dangles from the buckle that creates a 'faux' button on the front of the shearling trim that runs down the side of the coat where it fastens. In fact, all the silver buttons are purely decorative: the coat actually has other buttons beneath the trim that actually fasten the coat.

 

So dating it is also tricky: while the lengths were up and down from mini to maxi, midi lengths were always available but peaked in 1965 and 1971. So it's between these dates, unlikely to be either, but let's try and narrow it down. Side fastening asymmetric coats came in big time in 1969/1970...so we think perhaps then. 

 

The fur trim was a feature of coats from Lilli Ann designs early 1960s in particular, though they tended to use plush fox or 'fluffy' sheepskin. French New Wave cinema in particular Anna Karina was often styled in the more 'Mod' interpretation of the Princess coat; think Alphaville and Vivre Sa Vie early to mid 1960s. They weren't called Princess coats, and they certainly weren't called 'Penny Lane' coats: this is an anachronism that is owed to urban myth of the 2000 movie about a groupie 'Almost Famous'. But also while the 1965 movie Dr Zhivago often gets credit for the look of the Russian Princess or cossack coat, there's nothing really like that in the movie; and again it's easy to confuse the 2012 Keira Knightley Anna KarENINA movie which did have such Imperial Russian style coats.