Sorelle Fontana is Rome's prominent and oldest fashion house and was known as Couturiers to the Stars. The Fontana sisters were the first to feel the need to give Italy a look of its own, freeing it from foreign influence. With this spirit in mind, once they had conquered the Italian clientele, the Sorelle Fontana took their fashion abroad. In 1951 they went to the United States where their success was immediate. The sisters' relations with the Hollywood film industry was one of their strengths; in fact, Nicola White remarks that it is unlikely they would have been able to achieve such fame without their connection to Ava Gardner, as well as to other stars like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Kim Novak. Here is a rare opportunity to own a documented Sorelle Fontana designer full-length coat from one of the biggest stars in cinema- Ava Gardner. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; luxurious black wool lined with raspberry-pink taffeta. I love the over-sized genuine fox-fur collar and lean.long sleeves. The legacy of the Sorelle Fontana is immense, especially for Italy, opening the doors for all the future fashion designers that made and still make the Italian style world famous. You can find the creations of the Sorelle Fontana even in museums like the Guggenheim, Metropolitan in New York and The Louvre in Paris.
Bust: 34-35 inches
Hips: up to 40 inches
Sleeve Length: 23 inches
Total Length: 55 inches
This stunning Sorelle Fontana couture full-length coat is in excellent wearable condition with no rips, stains or holes. The workmanship is immaculate and all hand-finished. Ava Gardner provenance documentation will be given to the buyer. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.