Evening dress

Design House House of Chanel French
Designer Gabrielle Chanel French

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The dateless quality of Chanel's satin dresses resides in her abiding recognition of the female form. Typically, she employed spiral, arced and crisscross piecing as structural and decorative devices that sensuously aligned with the curvatures of the body. In several versions from the 1930s, arcing planes of satin sweep around the body like a gyroscope. To punctuate the sleek, streamlined sensuality of the designs, Chanel often employed self-fabric flowers, usually her beloved camellias or gardenias. Self-tie bows, a detail she introduced in the 1920s, highlight discrete zones of the body, such as the neck or hips, providing further animation.

Evening dress, House of Chanel (French, founded 1910), silk, French

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