Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Holzer, 1986
Not on view
Gabrielle Chanel is the designer most responsible for establishing the modern way of dressing that encompasses comfort, function and simplicity. The design of this ensemble represents continuity with work from Chanel's early career in Deauville, where she first began wearing and then making sporty clothes in humble fabrics inspired by menswear and working class garments. Sailor's uniforms provided inspiration for some of her early designs and here she returned to that source. In this adaptation the skirt had a three-button drop front, like sailor's pants and the sash alludes to the traditional tie worn on the sailor's middy collar. With this design, Chanel revitalized a classic design from her own archive.