Tuesday : Bencha

Behold this a pristine example of 1930s extravagance!

An unbelievably smooth and shiny, ink black, Gold Coast Monkey fur coat; a slight Swing cut, and Stroller length, completely lined in black silk.

Wear with ..anything.

*You can Rent This Coat, or any coat you see on our blog!  Send an email to the link in the above text, or visit Gossamer Gang

 

Note:  There are five species of black and white Colobus monkey, ranging from all black (the most common fur you will find) to a skunk-like black and white pattern. Red Colobus monkeys are found across Africa from Zanzibar to Senegal. Their color is highly variable, ranging from brilliant white and red in East African to slate gray and orange in Western African monkeys. The little-known Olive Colobus is found only in the forests of coastal West Africa. (cite:VintageFashionGuild)

Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F)
Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F)

Note:  Though Elsa Schiaparelli is closely associated with monkey fur, sources indicate that it was also used in the nineteenth century. A March 1867 article from Arthur’s Home Magazine describes monkey fur as “well-known,” prized specifically for the way it hangs gracefully over the hands when made into a muff. A 1892 cartoon from La Vie Parisienne features a monkey pointing at woman clad in a hat and coat clearly made from monkey fur. The caption reads, “When O Ladies, will you stop creating beauty for yourselves out of our ugliness?”(cite:FIDM Museum)

Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F), back
Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F), back
Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F), detail
Bencha, Gossamer Gang, LLC 2016 (SWST002F), detail

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