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Coat made of zebra printed calfskin by Christian Dior, c.1970

Made by Christian Dior in Paris, France, c.1970.

This faux zebra skin coat designed and made in Paris by the House of Dior is a stylish example of fashionable dress from the late 1960s and early 1970s reflecting a new trend for fur coats to express individuality rather than simply wealth and status. It also dates from when furs became less common in couture and ready-to-wear lines.

The influence of the exotic is evident in the coat’s bold zebra print. Use of exotic design content in fashion coincided broadly with cheaper air travel which beca...


Coat, womens, zebra printed calfskin / black fur, Christian Dior, France, c.1970

Knee length A-line women's coat in zebra printed calf skin. Large shawl collar and deep cuffs in black rabbit fur. Lined with black polyester damask. Centre front opening fastens with two metal press studs.
Worn by Patti Edwards.


420 mm


This coat was designed by the Christian Dior Company.

Fur in dress was traditionally used for warmth and in many cultures as an expression of social status and wealth. A new attitude to fur in western clothing developed after the 1950s however when designers became more experimental with fur usage. From the 60s onward fur became less of a staple in women's wardrobes and due to rising labour costs was much less affordable. As a result, fur use was reduced to a "dash of fur" on a coat such as a fur collar or cuffs. The youth explosion of the 1960s also affected fur designs where novelty in fur was sought after. 'Fun furs' had a less formal feel to them and inexpensive pelts were used however even this trend was short lived due to the rising cost of labour.

Printed calfskin became an acceptable or alternate use of fur during the 1960s/1970s because the source of fur was a domestic animal that was not a protected specie.

In 1973 a ready to wear fur line was launched by Maison Dior using Castet's designs. The zebra printed coat is most likely to date from this line of 100 items.
Christian Dior c.1970


This coat was owned and worn by Australian woman Patti Edwards. Patti Edwards was independently wealthy and lived in Paris for many years where she was able to pursue her interest in shopping and fashion. The coat was part of the Patti Edwards collection being sold through The Vintage Clothing Shop in Sydney.
Edwards, Patti c.1970


Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Margie and Andrew Isles, 2005
21 March, 2005

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Coat made of zebra printed calfskin by Christian Dior, c.1970 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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