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Last month I came across the vintage find of the century. In the attic of my mother’s friend hung a 1920s vintage coat in pristine condition. Now, this is the kind of coat that you see in Deco era illustrations and in your dreams – but never in real life. But there it was and in my size too. It now hangs in my closet and I still can’t believe my luck.

It is an early to mid-1920s tiered wrap-over coat that fastens with a button and a sash on the side. The main features are the grandiose bat wing sleeves and the stunning Art Deco style embroidery.

I paired the coat with a pair of deadstock 1930s t-bar shoes that I recently obtained from Alles Gute at the Suvi-Vintage fair. I love the decorative details and the colour of the shoes; these are both beautiful and practical, and they pair perfectly with my coat.

With my interest having shifted from the 1940s to the early 1930s and 20s, I have cut down on my vintage purchases radically. Simply because items from the earlier eras are so much more difficult to come, especially on a budget. But June was very, very good to me. I may not have bought as much as I might have a few of years back but instead I have invested in a couple of quality pieces that I know I’ll cherish for years to come.

Photography by Jirina Alanko

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat


11  Comments Posted On This Article
Jessica Cangiano Comment posted on Wed - Jul 09, 2014

My mouth quite literally, not figuratively, just dropped open as I scrolled through these beautiful photos. What a stunning, almost surreal find. Congratulations, dear gal. It looks like a million, nay, a billion dollars on you and is such a fabulous piece of history to now have the great pleasure of calling your own.

♥ Jessica


Whitney Comment posted on Wed - Jul 09, 2014

This coat is *insane*! It suits you so, so well, from the cut to the color– the whole shebang. You look wonderful.


Mim Comment posted on Thu - Jul 10, 2014

Wow! That really was a stroke of amazing luck. It suits you wonderfully, and the detailing is just exquisite.


Riikka Pennanen Comment posted on Sun - Jul 20, 2014

Thank you all! A fabulous piece of history, indeed. I still can’t quite believe my luck.


Martine Comment posted on Tue - Jul 22, 2014

I really love your style, you look absolutely wonderful miss. Great blog! X


Riikka Pennanen Comment posted on Tue - Jul 22, 2014

Thank you, Martine!


retro rover Comment posted on Tue - Jul 29, 2014

Wow that coat is amazing! One of the most beautiful 20s items Ive seen and you wear it wonderfully

retro rover


wardrobe experience Comment posted on Wed - Jul 30, 2014

this coat is to die for! what an incredible find! i hope you will share a lot of special moments with it.


Rhia Comment posted on Fri - Aug 08, 2014

The coat is so amazing I just have keep coming back to have a small peek at it. All the little details and cut and everything. Just amazing! I’m glad it has a good home with you.


Riikka Pennanen Comment posted on Mon - Aug 18, 2014

Thank you ever so much for the wonderful comments!

Rhia, that a lovely thing to say! I feel honored. <3


Bernice Comment posted on Tue - Mar 14, 2017

Wow! This sure coat sure is the kind you usually only see in Deco era illustrations and in your dreams. It looks stunning on you and I love the shoes you have paired it with. Just divine!


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My name is Riikka and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I'm a film researcher and a freelance journalist, a sartorial devotee of vintage fashion and endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I write about film, fashion, design, architecture - and all things old and pretty.

Olen helsinkiläinen elokuvatutkija ja toimittaja, jolle 1900-luvun alkupuolen visuaalinen kulttuuri on todellinen intohimo. Blogi sivuaa kiinnostuksen kohteitani 1920- ja 1930-luvun elokuvista aina ajan muotiin ja designiin asti.

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