Vintage 1970’s Rare Mrs. H. Winter; (aka: Harriet Winter) Black Embellished Wool Coat with Suede Scarf. This is gorgeous coat, the seams are exposed (in an interview the question was ask of Ms. Winter “Why the exposed seams”; her response “We live with line and texture all day”) as a decorative detail outlining the jacket front, collar, pockets, around the arms and shoulders. This is depicted more in picture number 4. None of embellishments are missing, light wear to suede scarf and the collar height is 2″ The coat tag states size 6, 100% wool and sleeves (only) lined in 100% satin. Please use measurements that I have provided below. Excellent Vintage Condition.
Measurements of garment were taken lying flat: Please double; Bust 20 1/2″, Waist 21 1/2″, Hips 25 1/2. Actual; Sleeve length 23 1/2″, Shoulder to hemline 44″, Scarf 5″W x 61″L.
History of Harriet Winter: She called herself “Mrs. H. Winter” because, I’m married and I’m proud of it. Her husband, her business partner, gave her $2, 200, an assistant and an iron to go into dress designing six years ago 1972 (I acquired information from two different articles written 1978 and 1979 respectively from The Washington Post and The New York Times). Before that they had been in the antique clothing business under the name “Yesterday News”-(that label is attached to coat and pictured in the last picture of photos) selling to musicals like “Hair and “Grease” as well
as several stores across the country.
Her clothes are characteristically soft and unlined. Her best designs are jackets with big shoulders, not necessarily padded, with seams on the outside and with shape achieved through deft use shirring, drawstring and cut.
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