Fur Coat

AKA: mink, ermine, fox etc

How to say it: As it looks

Traditional Features: 

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  • There aren’t really any ‘traditional’ features of a fur coat – they tend to take the style of whatever is on trend. As long as it is made of fur (faux or real) it is a fur coat.


…of the style: Furs have been worn since the caveman in one form or another. In the 10th century fur entered fashion in the form of lining and trimming on cloaks. During the 11th and 12th centuries the trend extended to hats, caps, muffs, gloves, and coats.

The modern fur coat was the invention of the Victorians in the late 19th century when it became acceptable to wear animal hair on the outside of a garment. From 1900 the fur coat was a true fashion item, appearing in French collections and becoming an indicator of style and wealth.

In the 1950’s fur hit the height of its popularity as it became a wardrobe staple for starlets like Marilyn Monroe, and designers started to experiment with less formal fur garments.

The controversy over the killing of animals for the clothing industry has dampened the appeal of furs over the years but has not extinguished it – the fur coat never really disappears from the fashion landscape. Fur has, however, become more accessible to the common shopper due to the development of realistic fake furs and the availability of vintage furs at cheaper prices.

…of the name: They are called fur coats because they are coats made out of fur.

For a more in depth history of Fur Coats, try WikipediaFashion Furs and Markets, or the British Fur Trade.

21st Century Eisenhowers

Real or fake fur is here to stay in any colour, shape or style.

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Top row – Alice and Olivia, H&M

Bottom row – Helmut Lang, Topshop

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