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Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Haute Couture Bow Skirt Suit, Circa 1985



Iconic, timeless, chic and versatile ! Very few garment can provide these four qualities simultaneously. A Chanel skirt suit has definitely such power, especially when it is Haute Couture. Probably from the Fall-Winter 1985-1986 collection, this refined suit is composed of a jacket and a skirt. Constructed in black wool, both jacket and skirt are trimmed with a large flat ribbed braid. Numbered 65947, the jacket has two front pockets and closes with four rare CC logo buttons. A refined matched braid bow at its top sets the look. The traditional Chanel gilt metal chain is sewn at the hem of the jacket. The skirt closes with a concealed zip, hook and eye on the left side. Fully lined in a refined black silk. Wear this statement piece on its own or simply pair the jacket with your favorite jeans. Fits approx. : US 4-8 / FR 38-40 Measurements (taken flat) : Jacket -> Width (shoulder to shoulder) approx. 46 cm (18.1 inches) Width (armpit to armpit) approx. 47.5 (18.7 inches) Waist approx. 41.5 cm (16.3 inches) Hips approx. 49 cm (19.3 inches) Length (shoulder to hem) approx. 64 cm (25.2 inches) Sleeve length approx. 66.5 cm (26.2 inches) Length (shoulder to hem) approx. 53.5 cm (21.1 inches) Total length approx. 65.5 cm (25.8 inches) Skirt -> Waist approx. 41.5 cm (16.3 inches) Length (waist to hem) approx. 64 cm (25.2 inches) This item has been professionally cleaned, pressed & carefully inspected by a couture-trained seamstress before being sold.


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    Geneva, CH
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Karl Lagerfeld

More than a mere tastemaker, Karl Lagerfeld devoted himself to the continual pursuit of chic. “My life and my job,” the designer once said, “is to forget myself.” During his five-decade career designing shoes, handbags, evening dresses and other items for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and many others, Lagerfeld was a quintessential chameleon, ever evolving to embody the times.An outsize, instantly recognizable personality — his ponytail powdered like an 18th-century viscount, his eyes perpetually shielded by dark glasses, wearing fistfuls of chunky silver jewels — Lagerfeld was, above all, an avatar of style. Born in Hamburg (in 1933, ’35, or ’38 by varying accounts), Karl Lagerfeld packed his bags for Paris in 1954. His design for a coat won him the International Wool Secretariat and landed him a job with the celebrated couturier Pierre Balmain. He went on to become the designer of Jean Patou, eventually realizing that his seemingly endless ideas could fuel a career as a designer-for-hire. As such, Lagerfeld lent his vision to everyone from Loewe and Max Mara to Krizia and Charles Jourdan, nimbly moving among a diverse range of styles. It was an unprecedented way of working in the days when freelance was still a dirty word. During the late ’60s and ’70s, he refashioned Chloé to reflect the free spirit of the day and, beginning in 1965, joined forces with the Fendi family, taking it from sleepy furrier to fashion’s haute-est stratum.Because of his track record for reviving and reimagining brands that had grown stagnant, in 1984 Lagerfeld was handed the reins at Chanel, which had been gathering dust since its founder’s heyday. From his first collection, Lagerfeld injected the venerable house with a frisson of modernity. He riffed on its iconography — tweed skirt suits, pearls, camellias — accenting a lexicon of Chanel-isms with tastes of the moment. Despite producing eight collections a year for Chanel, as well as four to five for Fendi, Lagerfeld never faltered in proposing new ideas each time he put pencil to paper. Lagerfeld’s collections for Chanel, in particular, displayed his knack for synthesizing old and new, high and low. From Watteau (Spring/Summer 1985 couture) and Serge Roche (Spring/Summer 1990 ready-to-wear) to hip-hop fly girls (Fall/Winter 1991 ready-to-wear), surfers (Spring/Summer 2003 ready-to-wear) and ancient Egypt (Pre-Fall 2019), Lagerfeld used each season’s inspiration to conceive Chanel’s signatures anew.Browse a collection of sophisticated designs by Karl Lagerfeld on 1stDibs, including evening gowns for Chanel, vintage cocktail dresses for Chloé and more.
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