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1980s Chanel Haute Couture Bridal Cream lace Dress Suit

$4,450Asking Price


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 wool fantasy tweed in ivory cream and has a beautiful lace overlay with luxurious silk satin lining. It is skilfully cut to glide over the hip with light padding on the shoulders and a round neckline, creating a soft and elegant line. The central button stand hosts 6 bespoke lace-covered buttons in gold gilt casing and the interior hem of the jacket is trimmed with signature gold gilt chain. The long-sleeved dress has a light, exquisitely tailored silk crepe bodice and straight wool tweed skirt with a lace overlay to match the jacket. The fabric of the bodice is arranged into a series of upwards facing pleats. A caftan style neckline is modest yet flattering to the bust. A central button stand runs the reverse of the bodice, with lace covered buttons to mirror the jacket visible at the nape of the neck and the top of the waistband, leaving the remaining buttons concealed. This ensemble would make a fantastic bridal outfit and both pieces look equally good as separates. In superb vintage condition, this remarkable outfit would best suit US size 6, possibly a small 8, or UK 10 to small 12. JACKET: Bust-36" (92cms) Waist- 32" (82cms) Length-33.5" (85.7cms) DRESS: Bust-36" (92cms) Waist- 30" (77cms) Hip-38"(96cms) Length-34.5" (87.5cms)


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    Length: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)Marked Size: 6 (US)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    London, GB
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    1stDibs: LU55011131212

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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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