By 1949, Ferdinando Schettini, the son of a Neapolitan wholesale furrier, who was already creating for Revillon, Freres, Moilyneux, Chanel and Shiaparelli in Paris, moved on to Milan to create furs for French and Italian society-women. His extravagant evening wear became known for moveable shoulders that could be worn over a coat or a tailor-made jacket, along with fur gloves, hats and muffs. Before fur breeding began to take hold of the industry, he is said to have gone to Turkey in search of perfect-matching chinchilla skins.
This was the time when furs were cleverly mounted on a tailor’s base of tulle, and when the importance was attached to luxurious linings bearing the client’s initials embroidered in gold thread.
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