60s 70s Mod Cape Vintage Faux Leopard Cheetah Trim Camel
This vintage Mod cape dates to the late 1960s or early 1970s and It. Is. Fabulous. It has a vaguely Russian/Dr Zhivago feel to it, with the stand-up collar and assymetrical closure. The left arm emerges below the buttons and the right arm through a slit in the seam. There are a pair of handwarmer pockets in front with vertical flaps. The collar and hem are trimmed in luxuriant looking faux exotic cat fur. The cape is shown in one photo with a leather belt for inspiration - it is not included with purchase.
No size label, and measurements are not easy with a garment of this type - I would say it's a one-size-fits-many. It was not pinned on my spokesmodel - she usually wears a 2-6. I wear a modern size 12 and it's a reasonable fit, but I probably wouldn't recommend trying to go any higher sizewise.
Camel/tan wool or wool blend with a fused jersey backing. It has a light pile. The trim is imitation cheetah or leopard - very soft.The cape is lined in a rich satin.
Country Pacer. The cape also has the ILGWU union label used between 1963 and 1974
The cape closes with four metal buttons (and bound buttonholes) with a large fabric-covered snap at the neck. When I acquired the cape, it was missing one button so I replaced them all with these authentic vintage buttons. The cape has two thread loops that suggest it might have originally come with a belt.
I re-stitched an open seam, and as mentioned above, replaced buttons. There is some subtle color variation that looks like it's probably due to sun fading, most noticeable along some of the seaming on the upper half - see closeup. I found one small "divot" of the pile on the back near the hem - the woven fabric itself is completely intact. No holes, stains, tears or other issues noted.