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Suit

Design House:
House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Designer:
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris)
Date:
1938
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
(a) Length at CB: 22 in. (55.9 cm) (b) Length at CB: 29 in. (73.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1954
Accession Number:
C.I.54.16.1a, b
Not on view
Like much of Mrs. Vreeland's sensibility for fashion and style, the Watteau referencing of this Chanel suit was a compelling part of its glamour. Art was important to Mrs. Vreeland, both as an editor and an exhibition impresario. She favored juxtapositions of art and contemporary fashion in the magazines and aligned art with fashion in her exhibitions. Chanel herself wore the same suit in black.
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