#2229 $750André Laug lightweight faux snakeskin coat, 1970s
In the 1970s couturier André Laug was a favorite with chic women who appreciated the languid grace of his elegantly understated designs. His use of luxe fabrics and impeccable tailoring kept them coming back for more.
The faux snakeskin coat, lined with brown rayon, is an exemplar the restrained Laug aesthetic. The finely textured rayon fabric drapes like silk. The vertical bodice seams open into inverted box pleats above the waist, creating a softly sculpted Empire line.
The elasticized cuffs can be worn full length or pushed up. The concealed pockets are set into the side front seams. The trim Nehru collar and concealed button closure complete the uncluttered design.
Laug was trained in Paris at Nina Ricci and Andre Courrèges. In 1968 Laug emerged into the limelight in Rome, where he opened his own couture house. His discreet good taste was especially popular with his wealthy American clientele, often old guard and old money (think Philadelphia Main Line).
The combination of long sleeves and high collar give to the labeled coat an almost clerical connotation, not in a religious sense, but rather as the costume of a high priestess of fashion, the unique dress of the most fashionable lady.
The condition is excellent. I could not find any problems.
The size is marked 8. It measures: 42" bust, 40" waist, 52" hip, 24" sleeve length, and 44" from shoulder to hem.