I’m trying to identify the fabric used in this frock coat, any information on the material or type of weave for the fabric or piping would be helpful. It’s a modern coat rather than an original, vintage piece. I was told by someone that it’s made of moleskin but I doubt it as it’s like no moleskin I’ve ever seen.
What fabric is this coat made of?
That’s a very good call, I didn’t think about the fabric being reversed. I had a look at the underside of some moleskin I have at hand but the weave on that isn’t the same as the picture, unless different manufacturer’s moleskins use different weaves I think that is pretty much ruled out.
Anyone have any ideas about the piping? It looks kind of like grosgrain or petersham but neither of those seem exactly right.
I agree that it it’s most likely made of a woollen fabric rather than anything else, Edwardian era frock coats were typically made of wool so it’d make the most sense. Unfortunately most frock coats I’ve seen seem to be made of smoother or more twill-like fabrics.
The buttonhole was well spotted; the coat was used as an outfit for a character caught in the crossfire of a war so a slightly battered look was required. It was made specifically by the costume department using a Laughing Moon pattern; hence all the distressing has been done artificially.