Rifat Ozbek

Sold - RIFAT OZBEK Spring 1992 Vintage Documented Boned Jacket Size S-M

Boned jackets and vests from Rifat Ozbek's Spring 1992 collection belong to the designer's most iconic pieces and are instantly recognizable. They were heavily featured in editorials and are a celebrity's favourite.

Crafted from a black crêpe fabric, the collarless uniform style jacket features a cropped cut with a boldly "boned" front with 19 large artificial bones with silver-tone metallic ends placed diagonally to either side of the zipper. Padded shoulders, straight long sleeves, golden cuffs with metal trimming. 62% acetate, 38% rayon. Fully lined in 60% acetate, 40% rayon. Made in Italy.

In May 2021, Kim Kardashian purchased a custom made Rifat Ozbek bone outfit that was famously worn by Janet Jackson in her 1993 "If" music video (see reference pictures). Kardashian won it at auction for $25,000 USD, an event that garnered incredible media attention, especially as both Kardashian and Jackson commented on the outfit in their Instagram stories (see feature on people.com).

Céline Dion wears an identical jacket on the cover photo of the Japanese edition of "Think Twice" (1994). Amber Heard wore this jacket at a Los Angeles event in September 2012.

Reference photos: 1) + 2) Janet Jackson, 3) + 4) Rifat Ozbek Spring 1992, 5) Linda Evangelista by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1992, 6) Naomi Campbell by Patrik Andersson for W Magazine, January 1992, 7) Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell by Sante D'Orazio, 8) British Vogue editorial by Tyen, 1991, 9) unknown, 10) Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, 1992, styling by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

A version of this jacket is held by the V&A Museum London.

CONDITION
Excellent vintage condition. Minor signs of wear to the metal trimmings (see detail pictures).

SIZE
Tagged "I 44", will fit a D 36-38, F 38-40, I 42-44, US 6-8, UK 10-12, SMALL-MEDIUM

MEASUREMENTS (laid flat)
Shoulders 43,0 cm/16.9"
Bust 46,0 cm/18.1"
Waist 40,0 cm/15.7"
Sleeves 60,5 cm/23.8"
Length 47,0 cm/18.5" (back)/57,0 cm/22.4" (front)