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"Chanel Imperatrice"

Design House:
House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Designer:
Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938)
Date:
spring/summer 1984
Culture:
French
Medium:
a) silk, metal; b) silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.25a, b
Not on view
German-born designer Karl Lagerfeld became creative director of the House of Chanel in 1983. He has focused his design strategies on reimagining the iconography of the house founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1913. Lagerfeld continues to rework Chanel’s most iconic designs, including the tweed suit, quilted handbag, twotone pump, and camellia flower, by combining innovative technologies and unorthodox materials with traditional methods of construction and embellishment. In 2002, he launched his first Métiers d’Art collection, which celebrates the artistry of the various fashion métiers, which the House of Chanel had been acquiring since 1985 to preserve and revitalize the skilled craftsmanship essential to the haute couture.
Marking: a) [label] "CHANEL"
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