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Chanel Faux Fur Runway Suit as Worn by Helena Christiansen, 1994

$6,500

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Did we hear the 90s were coming back? We happened to find the very same Chanel suit Helena Christiansen wore on the runway in 1994 (see photo). With its searing color, micro-mini length and plentiful faux fur, that should do. Hot pink, black and metallic red bouclé micro mini skirt suit with faux fur trim at neckline, cuffs, front pocket slits and skirt edge. Jacket features single logo button at neck and chain-weighted hem; skirt features rear metal “riri” zipper and top hook and eye closure. Both pieces lined with fuchsia logo silk. fabric: wool/alpaca blend, faux fur noteworthy: dry clean only; note seam allowance* alterations: none condition: excellent measurements: •jacket• neck circumference: 19” fully closed shoulders: 16” bust: 36” sleeve: 26” from shoulder, 19 ½” from underarm (including 4” faux fur trim) sleeve circumference: 13” at upper arm, 10” at wrist waist: 38” length: 19” from shoulder, 10 ½” from underarm •skirt• waist: 28” hips: 35” length: 15 ½” (including 6 ½” faux fur trim) sweep: 34” label: Chanel Boutique (made in France) size: 38 (France); comparable to modern size extra small or 36 (France) *though this suit is a size extra small, Chanel suits offer ample room for enlargement; fully let out, it could comfortably fit up to a size medium.

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  • Designer
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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: 38; comparable to size 36 or XS (EU)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Tucson, AZ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 0918.12.0031stDibs: LU86434945313

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About Chanel (Designer)

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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