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Skirt suit

Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Coco Chanel, born 1883 - died 1971 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wool tweed, printed silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, New York

  • Museum number:

    T.11, A to B-1971

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Classic Chanel suit, jacket and skirt in pink and beige flecked tweed, hip-length straight-cut boxy jacket which tapers slightly at the hips; narrow band collar and small square patch pockets at hips. Long straight sleeves with cuff buttons The collar edges and pocket flaps are reinforced with rows of machine topstitching. Gilt buttons with lions' head motifs.The jacket is lined in brown and cream dogtooth checked silk, the straight-cut skirt in pink silk. There is an inset pocket in the skirt with a concave slit bound in the brown and cream checked silk; the waistband of the skirt is also covered in the same silk. Two zippers in skirt side seams. The blouse is made from the same brown and cream checked silk as the jacket lining and skirt waistband, with a low round neckline dipping to a V in the back, with self covered buttons in the back. The blouse is sleeveless with a flat bow of the same fabric in the front.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1966 (made)


Coco Chanel, born 1883 - died 1971 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

wool tweed, printed silk

Marks and inscriptions


Object history note

This suit was worn by the film actress Lauren Bacall (b. 1924) and donated by her in about 1968 to the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, New York. The institution subsequently passed this suit on to the V&A.


Wool (textile); Silk


Fashion; Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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