Detail: Iconic couture vintage Chanel three-piece suit. Large houndstooth, open weave design. Classic box jacket with four button fastening, and matching ornamental buttons to sleeve cuff. Patch pockets to front. Fully lined in silk. Signiture gold chain for extra weight. Silk lining to sleeve cuffs (approximately 10mm exposed beyond the wool cuff). Jacket has been designed to be worn unbuttoned. A-line pleated skirt with silk waist-band; designed to be worn slightly below the natural waist-line. Zip and hook & eye fastening to side; fully lined. Sleeveless shirt with tie-neck feature and blue zig-zag design. Fabric covered buttons to front. Fully lined.
Period: 1971-2 - Acquired from the original commissioning Chanel client in the South of France
Colour: Blue and off-white
Sizing: UK12. Jacket: Shoulders seam to seam 13.5. Sleeve shoulder seam to cuff 21.5. Bust 35. Length 25. Skirt: Waist 29. Length 24.4. Shirt: Bust 36. Length 21 (All measurements are provided in inches). Size Conversion Chart
Fabric: Wool outer. Silk lining
Condition: Near Perfect / Excellent. Minor storage stains to the reverse of the shirt. We have specialist dry cleaned this suit twice. Storage stains have been reduced but not removed completely. The jacket and skirt are in near perfect condition. Vintage Condition Guide
Designer Coco Chanel gave the world the little black dress, Chanel No. 5 perfume, and the revolutionary notion that style could be both classic and casual. Coco -- a nickname meaning "little pet" -- was raised in an orphanage, where she learned to sew. In 1910 she began selling hats from her own shop, and by the 1920s her fashion business had expanded to include a couture house, her own textile factory and a line of perfumes that included the famous No. 5. Chanel took women's fashions away from stiff corsets and introduced casual, practical clothing that borrowed fabrics and attitudes from men's fashion.
She was the first to introduce black as a fashion color; her versatile, semi-formal "little black dress" became a Chanel trademark and an enduring fashion standard. During and after World War II Chanel's popularity waned, and her love affair with a Nazi officer sent her into a form of self-imposed exile in Switzerland for nearly 15 years. She made a comeback in 1954 and her designs became some of the most popular in the western world, especially in the United States. After her death the Coco Chanel Company was directed by designer Karl Lagerfeld.
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