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Chanel Haute Couture

CHANEL (EST. 1910)

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.


Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.


However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a collarless jacket and fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed.


Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.


After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.


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CHANEL Haute Couture Ring
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Very nice ring attributed to CHANEL unsigned haute couture (from fashion shows) in silver metal, blue and yellow stones and rhinestones. Part of the ring is glitter blue. Never worn....
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2010s More Rings

Chanel Haute Couture Lesage Embroidered Ensemble
By Chanel
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Chanel Haute Couture Lesage embroidered pants, shawl and belt ensemble. Black silk satin embroidered allover with pink, topaz, yellow, and lavender flowers with emerald green stems. ...
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1980s Dress and Coat Ensembles

Chanel Haute Couture Suit, Circa 1970
By Chanel
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1970 France Complete set of six pieces Chanel Haute Couture skirt suit from the 1960s. Chenille knit with brilliant effect, in horizontal stripes composed of chevrons in crea...
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1970s Twin Sets

Chanel Haute Couture Skirt Suit, 1974
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A charming and chic haute couture skirt suit by Chanel. The suit is made of a cotton/silk mix, taupe stripes on an ivory background. The suit is lined in silk, the buttons are made o...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture Skirt Suit, 1974
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A charming and chic haute couture skirt suit by Chanel. The suit is made of a cotton/silk mix, taupe stripes on an ivory background. The suit is lined in silk , the buttons are made ...
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1970s Skirt Suits

CoCo Chanel Haute Couture Lion Belt
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
CoCo Chanel early chain belt composed of signature curb chain with classic signature lions head motifs terminating in an adjustable pendant tassel. Coco Chanel synthesizes her favor...
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1960s Belts

Chanel Haute Couture Logo Fob Belt
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Signature Chain link belt by Chanel threaded with thin brown leather strips with 2 sided dangling CC logo fob. 2 sided brown leather. Haute Couture, Unsigned (except for fob). 1960'...
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1960s Belts

Chanel Haute Couture Red Boucle Coat, c.1970s
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Haute Couture Red Boucle Coat, c.1970s Chanel Haute Couture Red Boucle Coat with notched collar and welt bound pockets at hip. Featuring four Red Resin Flower buttons at cent...
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1970s Coats

1970s Chanel Haute Couture Navy Velvet Jacket
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel Haute Couture navy velvet jacket featuring a mandarin collar, double-breasted button fastening, front pockets, logo gold tone lions buttons, long sleeves, a silk lining, numbe...
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1970s Jackets

60s Chanel Haute Couture Silk Paisley Dress
By Chanel
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A gorgeous 1960s Chanel haute couture dress with a fitted underdress and a sheer overdress. The beautiful sheer silk fabric leaves the skin bare under the long tapped sleeves and acr...
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1980s Day Dresses

Chanel Haute Couture Fluorite Crest Brooch
By Robert Goossens for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel Haute Couture hexagonal cut natural fluorite crystal with faux pearls and crystals. Crest brooch of hammered, darkened silver metal, bezel set crystals, the round faux pearls...
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Early 2000s Modern Brooches

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Silver Plate, Bronze, Gilt Metal

  • Chanel Haute Couture Fluorite Crest Brooch
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Vintage Chanel Haute Couture Skirt Suit, 1974
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A charming and chic haute couture skirt suit by Chanel. The suit is made of a cotton/silk mix, taupe stripes on an ivory background. The suit is lined in silk , the buttons are made ...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture Paris
By Gérard Uféras
Located in Vienna, AT
Gerard Uferas' photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including "Liberation", "Time Magazine", "The New York Times", "Le Monde", and "Marie Claire" Italia. His career in...
Chanel Haute Couture ivory lace wedding dress, c. 1960s
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Haute Couture ivory lace wedding dress with corseted bodice, cap sleeves, trained skirt and silk lining. c. 1960s
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1960s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Haute Couture Collection Classic Golden Chain Belt
By Chanel
Located in New Hope, PA
Obtained directly from the wardrobe of a former Chanel executive, this gold toned chain belt was worn on the runway of a haute couture collection in Paris. The filigree buckle add...
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Late 20th Century Belts

A 60s vintage Chanel Haute Couture Embellished Silk Dress
By Chanel
Located in Copenhagen, DK
An absolutely incredible 1960s Chanel Haute Couture dress with a royal blue silk top with tapered sleeves and a boat neckline. The fitted pencil skirt is embellished with white and b...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1970's Chanel Haute Couture Black and Brown Skirt Suit
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1970's Chanel Haute Couture suit. Uniquely Chanel in appearance, with black wool fringe surrounding the edges of the jacket, pockets and skirt hem. Gold chain and 3 gold metal Chanel...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture Printed Silk Chiffon Gown, Circa 1970
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
Constructed in silk and silk chiffon, this rare fairy like Chanel haute couture gown would make an exquisite choice for an evening party or a red carpet event. As if it escaped from ...
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1970s Evening Gowns

Chanel Haute Couture Silk Trompe l'oiel Tweed Suit
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Silk twill 2 pc. suit in olive,pink,purple and cornflower blue on white ground. Signature topstitching in olive green silk with pink silk piping. Gilt filigree buttons with silk prin...
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1960s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

F/W 2007 Chanel Haute Couture Runway Numbered Black Feather Sunglasses
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2007 Chanel Haute Couture runway- there were on a few hand made and numbered- these are #5! Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- minor ...
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Early 2000s Sunglasses

Chanel Haute Couture Ivory Silk Formal Coat Dress
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in San Francisco, CA
An incredible Haute Couture evening piece from Chanel. Fashioned entirely from ivory silk satin and taffeta, this beautiful coat dress is in perfect condition and is a size 8-10. Im...
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1990s Evening Gowns

1960s Chanel Haute Couture Shocking Pink and Purple Boucle Suit
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Chanel Haute Couture boucle suit from the 1960s. Label and style number have been removed. The jacket has a dark boucle trim that is woven into the purple and pink boucle fabric alon...
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1960s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture Cream Boucle 3 Piece Tweed Suit Circa 1960s
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a beautiful 1960's Chanel Haute Couture suit set. The coat and skirt are composed of a tweed boucle outer with a silk lining, the blouse is composed of a raw silk. The set is...
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1960s Skirt Suits

1983 Chanel Haute Couture Rhinestone Earrings and Pearl Bracelet Set
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Stunning vintage haute couture Chanel jewellery set made up of shaped clip on floral rhinestone earrings and pearl bracelet with shaped floral rhinestone fastening. The bracelet is ...
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Vintage 1980s Baroque Revival Beaded Bracelets

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Base Metal

1980's Chanel Haute Couture Cream Boucle Coat with Mink Collar
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Chanel 1980's Haute Couture cream boucle 3/4 length silk lined coat with chestnut brown mink collar. Unique cream and gold plated buttons on 4 flap pockets and down front. Fully line...
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1980s Single-Breasted Jackets

Documented Chanel Haute Couture Guipure Lace Gown, Spring-Summer 1981
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
Outstanding piece of haute couture which is a perfect example of Yvonne Dudel & Jean Cazaubon work at Chanel in the early 80's. Crafted in a refined tulle "point d'esprit" ...
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1980s Ball Gowns

Chanel Haute Couture silk fuchsia pleated evening dress, Spring-Summer 1973
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1973 silk fuchsia pleated evening dress with 5-layer ruffled skirt and matching shawl
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Haute Couture Boucle Jacket with Asymmetric Design and Matching Skirt
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel haute couture ecru colored boucle wool jacket and skirt ensemble. Jacket includes four washer buttons that fasten diagonally across the bodice - and the interior is lined with...
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1990s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Vintage 1975 Chanel Haute-Couture Metallic Pleated Graphic Silk Belted Dress
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking metallic-gold graphic black and white silk dress from her 1975 Fall/Winter...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1960's Chanel Haute Couture Red, Cream and Navy Blue Skirt Suit
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Beautiful 1960s Chanel Haute Couture skirt suit. Navy blue, red, cream check light wool with off white silk lining. Jacket is collarless with four patch pockets. Pockets have a fold ...
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1960s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture Bridal Cream Dress Suit With Lace Overlay, 1980s
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This extraordinary 1980s Chanel Haute Couture two piece set is in impeccable condition and showcases some unusual textural design features. The long thigh length jacket is made of wo...
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1980s Dress and Coat Ensembles

Gabrielle Chanel Haute Couture Three Piece Skirt Suit, Circa 1968-1970
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
A refined classic skirt suit, labelled and numbered n° 48765 and n° 48767. This timeless piece of Chanel haute couture is composed of a jacket, a skirt and a blouse. The blouse is ma...
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1960s Skirt Suits

Chanel Haute Couture satin pumps with brooch by Massoro, circa 1950s
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Fine and rare haute couture Chanel pumps by Massaro, constructed in black satin with a silver metal brooch on the tongue. Circa 1950-1959 Haute Couture Massaro shoes for Chane...
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1950s Shoes

Vintage 1930 Chanel Haute Couture Caramel Brown Velvet Scarf-Neck Sculpted Cape
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking and ultra rare evening cape from her 1930-31 collection is a perfect examp...
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1930s Capes

Vintage 1971 Chanel Haute Couture Documented White Floral Lace Silk Dress Set
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking white tulip-patterned Darquer Calais lace and satin cocktail dress ensembl...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1973 Chanel Haute Couture Black Guipure Lace & Velvet Long-Sleeve Dress
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking black guipure crochet-lace and velvet cocktail dress ensemble from her 197...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Chanel 1980s Haute Couture Statement Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
For the Chanel lover who doesn't want the CC's! Circa 1984/1985 and crafted by Victorie de Castellane, this haute couture brooch is from Chanel's 23rd collection. A bow shape with a ...
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Vintage 1980s Brooches

  • Chanel 1980s Haute Couture Statement Brooch
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1970s Chanel Haute Couture Black and White Plaid Raw Silk Top Blouse
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A very rare vintage Chanel numbered haute couture blouse top. Done in the finest raw silk in classic black and off white plaid. Boasting impeccable cut and exceptional tailoring th...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Runway Chanel Haute Couture Jeweled Cuffs Bracelets
By Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Geneva, CH
Impressive unsigned Chanel black acrylic cuffs bracelets dating from the 90's. Both cuffs are decorated with colorful resin stone-like cabochons and faux pearls in gold metal setting...
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1990s Contemporary Cuff Bracelets

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Gilt Metal

Vintage Chanel Haute Couture ribbon trim wool coat printed lining early 1960s
By Chanel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Haute Couture mohair wool coat from the early 1960s. Woven red, cream and blue check mohair and wool blend coat has silk ribbon run trims at the collar, cuffs and pocket edges...
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1960s Coats

A 1960s Vintage Chanel Haute Couture Blue Silk Skirt Suit W Gold Toned Buttons
By Chanel
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A stunning 1960s bright blue Chanel silk skirt suit with black graphic print consisting of a pleated skirt and fitted jacket. The jacket has a rounded neckline with a white ruffled a...
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1960s Skirt Suits

1989 Chanel Haute Couture Black Wool Crepe Dress w/Green Silk Lining No.68184
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1989 Chanel haute couture black wool crepe knee-length dress with two pockets at the chest, a slit at the front left and textured gold tone and black buttons down center front and at...
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1980s Day Dresses

Vintage 1974 Chanel Haute-Couture Forest Green Boucle Wool & Fox-Fur Jacket Coat
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking forest green boucle wool coat from their 1974 haute couture fall-winter co...
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1970s Coats

Chanel Haute Couture Ivory Silk Taffeta Coat Dress With Cowl Neckline, 1990s
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
1990s Chanel Haute Couture by Karl Lagerfeld. This stunning coat dress will captivate as a ball gown or wedding gown. Ivory silk taffeta alternates with silk satin and is constructed...
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1990s Ball Gowns

A Chanel Haute Couture Evening Dress by Karl Lagerfeld in Calais Lace Circa 1997
By Chanel
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1997/2001 France Haute Couture evening dress with train in black Calais lace by Karl Lagerfeld for House Designer Chanel and dating back to the end of the 1990s. The sheath un...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Chanel Haute Couture automne hiver 2000/2001, Paris
By Gérard Uféras
Located in Vienna, AT
Gerard Uferas' photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including "Liberation", "Time Magazine", "The New York Times", "Le Monde", and "Marie Claire" Italia. His career in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photography

Coco Chanel Red Cluster Haute Couture Statement Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Coco Chanel Haute Couture statement earrings - comprised out of "metal dore" 14k plate the earrings feature an architectural design that is adorned by red "pate de verre". ...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Coco Chanel Blue Cluster Haute Couture Statement Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Coco Chanel Haute Couture statement earrings - comprised out of "metal dore" 14k plate the earrings feature an architectural design that is adorned by navy blue "pate de ver...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Vintage 1985 Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute-Couture Lesage Beaded Silk Gown
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking ivory-white formal gown, from head designer Karl Lagerfeld's 1985 collecti...
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1980s Evening Gowns

Chanel Byzantine Haute Couture Link Bracelet
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel Byzantine style articulated link bracelet, handmade and composed of six gilt filigree links with ruby and emerald rectangular poured glass cabochons. Marked: Made in France. ...
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Vintage 1980s Link Bracelets

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Gilt Metal

CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE Tromp L'oeil white matte sequins zip front wool jacket L
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE Tromp L'oeil white matte sequins zip front wool jacket L Brand: CHANEL Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Collection: Circa 1990's Model Name / Style: Wool jacket Material...
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1990s Blazers

Rare Pair of Chanel Haute Couture Snake Bangles, Maison Goossens
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare Pair of Period Haute Couture Chanel Snake Bangles by Maison Goossens. These hand made hinged bracelets are composed of dozens of graduated gilt filigree caps soldered together t...
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Vintage 1960s Baroque Revival Bangles

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Bronze

Rare Pair of Chanel Haute Couture Snake Bangles, Maison Goossens
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare Pair of Period Haute Couture Chanel Snake Bangles by Maison Goossens. These hand made hinged bracelets are composed of dozens of graduated gilt filigree caps soldered together t...
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Vintage 1960s Baroque Revival Bangles

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Bronze

Iconic Chanel Signature Crystal Beaded Evening Jacket like Haute Couture
By Chanel
Located in Switzerland, CH
A true CHANEL signature item that will last you for many years Stunning piece Hand-embroidered in Chanel's Atelier - just like Haute Couture Sparkling Embellishment Crystal buttons ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

Iconic Chanel Signature Fully Beaded Evening Jacket like Haute Couture
By Chanel
Located in Switzerland, CH
Beautiful CHANEL jacket designed by Karl Lagerfeld A true CHANEL signature item that will last you for many years Stunning piece Hand-embroidered in Chanel's Atelier with many small ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

Coco Chanel Red, White and Blue Haute Couture Star Statement Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Monumental haute couture beaded bib statement necklace, by William de Lillo for Coco Chanel haute couture. Comprised out of gilt metal dore (14k plate) the necklace features a thick ...
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Vintage 1970s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

A numbered Haute Couture Chanel Skirt and Blouse Suit Circa 1968/1971
By Chanel
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1968/1971 France Famous and amazing Haute Couture skirt and blouse suit by Gabrielle Chanel dating from the last years of the famous icon of French fashion before 1971. Skirt ...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Chanel Numbered Haute Couture Purple Blue Bouclé Checked Skirt Suit, A / W 1971
By Chanel
Located in Munich, DE
This Autumn/Winter 1971 Chanel jacket and skirt suit is made from a soft black checked purplish blue bouclé wool. It is finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand....
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1970s Skirt Suits

Haute Couture - Karen Mulder at Chanel
By Bruno Bisang
Located in New York City, NY
Haute Couture - Karen Mulder at Chanel
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20th Century Contemporary Portrait Photography

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Archival Pigment

Haute Couture - Naomi Campbell at Chanel
By Bruno Bisang
Located in New York City, NY
Haute Couture - Naomi Campbell at Chanel
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20th Century Contemporary Portrait Photography

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Archival Pigment