Cream wool coat with braiding

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This coat is typical of the type that Emily Tinne wore when she was first married. The wide sleeves softly-pleated at the shoulders and the roomy, swing back were designed to fit over the full-skirted, Edwardian dresses of the time.

The style is quite simple, but the cream colour and herring bone weave of the woollen cloth give a luxurious look and feel. The decoration at the neckline and the cuffs enhance the coat's appeal and this attention to detail is continued on the back. Applied silk braid trim was a very popular decoration at the time and it is used very effectively here. It gives the impression of the ornamental braid of military dress uniforms. The military look was to recur again and again on the catwalk, throughout the twentieth century and in popular fashion trends right up to the present day.
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