Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Rodman A. Heeren, 1966
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. Instead of a more structured design for day wear, the softness of these pieces allows for complete freedom of movement and the reversible function of the sweater expands its versatility. The chief principles of Chanel's design sensibility are exemplified by these garments.