The animal-print coat’s steadfast appeal stems from a long and stylish history, one that includes fashion icons of the past (Elizabeth Taylor and Edie Sedgwick) and present (Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung). Serving as both a bold style statement and the perfect fall layer, it’s easy to see why these 12 trendsetters think the big cat outerwear is purr-fect too.
Animal-Print Coats Then & Now: From Elizabeth Taylor to Diane Kruger
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From Jacqueline Kennedy’s polished pick to Courtney Love’s ‘90s insouciance, keep reading to see how animal-print coats were worn Then and Now.
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The First Lady was the epitome of ‘60s chic in a Oleg Cassini leopard-print coat, worn with one of her style signatures: long gloves.
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Never one to shy away from the glamorous, the sultry screen siren doubled up on the print with a leopard coat and matching hat.
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Warhol’s muse appeared in the 1965 film Poor Little Rich Girl wearing a spotted overcoat.
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Mrs. Robinson, played by the beautiful Anne Bancroft, alluded to her cougar ways in a big cat-inspired coat—and later, matching pillbox hat.
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Proof that leopard is not just for the ladies: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in 1974. Notice his clever mashup of polka dots and stripes, too? Perfection.
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The key components to Love’s devil-may-care grunge look in the ‘90s—a leopard coat, babydoll dress, and fishnet stockings—are the same essentials found on the Saint Laurent runway today.
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The British model is a true leopard coat fanatic and has several vintage pieces, including this leather-trimmed double breasted jacket, which she has worn on and off for the last decade.
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Together, the leopard parka, with oversized hood, and over-the-knee leather boots mimic the singer’s envelope-pushing sensibilities.
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No matter the size or silhouette, the trendsetter has been faithful to the animal-print coat over the years. For a 2009 Art of Elysium event, she opted for a cape coat-wrap hybrid with oversized spots paired with a Proenza Schouler dress and Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte ankle boots.
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On the red carpet at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Place Vendome boutique opening, a furry animal-print coat served as an unexpectedly chic addition to Kruger’s Jason Wu lace jumpsuit and Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.
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During London Fashion Week last month, the cheeky Brit stepped out in not one, but two gorgeous leopard coats, our favorite being the muted Burberry style she wore to the Burberry S/S 14 show.
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Statement-making outerwear is a wardrobe regular for Miller, spotted here at a British Vogue dinner in London last month wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s Leopard-Print Pony Skin Coat ($10,438).