Opera coat, c.1922 "The coat is fashioned from cobalt blue devoré velvet, cut to a ground of bronzed gold metallic lamé. The upper back and sleeve borders are of solid silk velvet elaborately embroidered with a Persian pattern of bronze metallic cord and small, coral colored beads. The bodice front sections of the coat are self lined with devoré velvet; the rest of the coat is lined with rose colored silk velvet."
What ever happened to Smoke Jackets ? Nobody can quite figure out where the smoking jacket came from - the silk jackets worn in Chinese opium dens? Originally developed for men to wear during times of smoking pipes and cigars, smoking jackets were waist length and typically made of expensive material, namely velvet and silk, in dark colors like burgundy and forest green. The jackets had turned-up cuffs, button fastenings, and a high, shawl collar.