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Swing Coat

Maggie Thompson arrives in Paris in a fabulous swing coat, with matching gloves, and elegant umbrella:

As well as there being some fullness in the coat back, what gives it that amazing swing is the extra fabric in the pleats under each arm:

A cheeky flash of lining reveals a matching pencil skirt, and a red blouse. Bright red is an uncharacteristically bright colour for Maggie to wear, but I suppose symbolises the exuberance and joie de vivre of being in Paris:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    February 24, 2012 8:43 pm

    The coat was actually designed by Givenchy because Kay Thompson (i.e Maggie Prescott in ‘Funny Face’) didn’t like Edith Head, who designed the red top and pencil skirt for her, and Kay was jealous of Audrey who’s costumes were designed by Givenchy- So when they arrived in Paris to shoot the film, it started raining, so Kay insisted that she went out and bought a raincoat, and so she went to Givenchy’s boutique and bought a coat from there- Just a little inside story i thought was interesting :) x

  2. February 27, 2012 2:16 pm

    Now that IS indeed very interesting… I’ve always thought the swing coat was the “stand-out” of Kay’s costumes, and now I know why! :)

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