M984.173.1 | Coat

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Marie Paule
1964-1965, 20th century
Fibre: silk (satin, embroidery, taffeta lining); metal (thread); Sewn (machine & hand)
Gift of Mrs. Pierre Desmarais
© McCord Museum
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Marie-Paule Nolin, active from 1936 to 1973, was best known during the 1950s and 1960s - the heyday of Montreal couture. It was she who created this very original obi evening coat for Mme Paul Desmarais, wife of the well-known Montreal businessman. Mme Desmarais supplied the two obis, which were made in Nishijin, a district of Kyoto famous for obi weaving. They are of cream-coloured handwoven silk and feature medallions brocaded in gold and silver-plated thread. Through imagination and careful manipulation, using one precious obi for the back and the other for the front, Marie-Paule Nolin created an extremely striking A-line evening coat.