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Evening Trouser Suit and Blouse

1937-1938 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Chanel is famous for her suits and chic day wear; perhaps less well known are her glamorous evening ensembles. This sophisticated and striking evening ensemble consists of a short, tailored bolero jacket and loose, straight trousers, both entirely covered with vertical rows of overlapping sequins. It was worn with a delicate lace and chiffon blouse which fastens with pearl buttons.

In adopting the trouser suit Chanel anticipated the direction that fashion would take in the 1960s and 1970s towards an androgynous look. However, the masculine lines of this outfit are tempered by the luxurious finish. Chanel said ‘Much seriousness is required to achieve the frivolous.’

The outfit was worn by Diana Vreeland with a black ribbon around her neck into which she tucked a red rose. Diana worked for Harper's Bazaar for 27 years and became associate editor of Vogue magazine in January 1963. She soon became editor-in-chief and remained with Vogue until 1971. Her colleagues admired her originality and commitment to fashion. On leaving Vogue, she became adviser to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Jacket
  • Trousers
  • Blouse
Materials and Techniques
Net applied with sequins and lined with silk chiffon, and silk chiffon trimmed with lace and with mother-of-pearl
Brief Description
Evening trouser suit of net applied with sequins and with a silk chiffon blouse trimmed with lace, designed by Coco Chanel, France, 1937-1938
Physical Description
Evening trouser suit of black net applied with black sequins and lined with silk chiffon. Worn with a silk chiffon blouse trimmed with lace and fastened with mother-of-pearl buttons.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1600mm (Note: Display footprint)
  • Width: 550mm (Note: Display footprint)
  • Depth: 450 (Note: Display footprint)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Diana Vreeland
Object history
This trouser suit was worn by Diana Vreeland.
Association
Summary
Chanel is famous for her suits and chic day wear; perhaps less well known are her glamorous evening ensembles. This sophisticated and striking evening ensemble consists of a short, tailored bolero jacket and loose, straight trousers, both entirely covered with vertical rows of overlapping sequins. It was worn with a delicate lace and chiffon blouse which fastens with pearl buttons.



In adopting the trouser suit Chanel anticipated the direction that fashion would take in the 1960s and 1970s towards an androgynous look. However, the masculine lines of this outfit are tempered by the luxurious finish. Chanel said ‘Much seriousness is required to achieve the frivolous.’



The outfit was worn by Diana Vreeland with a black ribbon around her neck into which she tucked a red rose. Diana worked for Harper's Bazaar for 27 years and became associate editor of Vogue magazine in January 1963. She soon became editor-in-chief and remained with Vogue until 1971. Her colleagues admired her originality and commitment to fashion. On leaving Vogue, she became adviser to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 197150
Collection
Accession Number
T.88 to B-1974

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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