AKA: pelisse-robe, riding coat

How to say it: red-in-gote

Traditional Features: 

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  • princess cut
  • closes at waist, either with fastenings or with a belt/sash
  • can be cut away at the front
  • often part of an ensemble with a matching dress
  • fitted through the body
  • knee length, often just shorter than the dress underneath


…of the style: Over the years the Redingote has had many incarnations. In 1725 it was a men’s full overcoat with a large collar that was worn for riding. in the 1790s this style was adopted for women – it was made from lighter fabrics and was worn as part of an outfit, rather than as an overcoat.

In 1830 it was a men’s military style greatcoat, made from navy cloth, with a fur collar and closed with frog fastenings. This incarnation was also called a polonaise.

From the 1820’s it was a variation of the pelisse robe, and was essentially a dress that looked like a coat. This style was quite popular from 1835 to 1860s. In the late 1840s, the name Redingote replaced the name pelisse robe.

In the 1890s, the Redingote took on its final incarnation – a long fitted coat, usually cut in the princess style with a fastening at the waist and often cut away at the top to reveal the dress underneath.

…of the name: Redingote is a corruption of the english term “riding coat”

For a more info on the Redingote, try Wikipedia, the Fairchilds Dictionary of Fashion, or A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion (Mary Brooks Picken)

21st Century Redingotes

The traditional Redingote has fallen about out of fashion these days, however it is often used by modern designers for inspiration. As such, modern fashion journalists and bloggers tend to use the term for any kind of coat that slightly resembles what a Redingote used to be. These were the best examples of true, modern Redingotes that I could find…

Chanel 3 Jean Paul Gaultier Nina Ricci Revillion

Top Row – Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier

Bottom Row – Nina Ricci, Revillion


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