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Evening ensemble

Design House:
House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Designer:
Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938)
Date:
ca. 1990
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal
Dimensions:
a) L. at center back: 58 ½ in. (149 cm). b) L. at center back: 14 ¾ in. (37.8 cm). c, d) L.: 23 in. (58.4 cm). e, f) L.: 12 in. (30.5 cm). g, h) H.: 27 1/8 in. (68.8 cm). i) L.: 80 in. (203.6 cm).
Credit Line:
Gift of Mouna Ayoub, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.129a–i
Not on view
Lagerfeld, who has taken the eighteenth century as a Leitmotif of his art and life from residences and domestic interiors, to his fashion, and even to a brief personal whim of powdering his hair, has seized the bravura assertion from the court gown, opening up at center front. For Lagerfeld, the condensed and ironic image is both Versailles and showgirl, aristocracy and vulgarity. Other Lagerfeld for Chanel references to the eighteenth century include the 1980s Watteau-back gowns and the 1985 Pierrot, or Gilles suit derived from the Watteau painting.
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