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A Gabrielle Chanel Haute Couture Evening Navy Dress Numbered 42506 Circa 1955

$3,349.76

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Circa 1955/1960 France Stunning evening Navy or pinafore dress by Gabrielle Chanel Haute Couture which probably dates from the first years of the reopening of the famous Maison after 1954. Classicism in appearance but daring details that announce the renewal and genius of this great lady of fashion . First of all, a double material, anthracite grey velvet for the bustier and a navy silk crepe for the long skirt with box pleats in front, playing with an unusual two-color scheme. Large sailor collar in white satin and pointed neckline, surprisingly plunging with a zipper in the front. Reminder of the white satin with punctured cuffs adorned with three buttons with chiseled brass balls and pearly pearls (closed with press studs). Finally, a deceptively monastic atmosphere playing with codes initiated by Cristobal Balenciaga during the same period, in a wink to the Master. Black taffeta lining and Chanel woven cotton bolduc side brand numbered 42506. Tiny Small scratches inside the white satin collar, otherwise good general condition of color and conservation. Measurement: French equivalent size 38/40. Back height 150 cm, shoulders 40 cm, waist 81 cm, chest 96 cm, hips 99 cm, sleeves 60 cm.

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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: equivalent French size 38/40 (EU)
  • Style
    1955/1960 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very Good Condition and Color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU633311679732

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Chanel

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 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. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. 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. Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.
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