Not currently on display at the V&A

Skirt Suit

1966 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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

  • Jacket
  • Skirt
  • Blouse
Materials and Techniques
wool tweed, printed silk
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.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
Chanel (Label)
Credit line
Given by the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, New York
Object history
This suit was worn by the film actor 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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.11, A to B-1971

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record createdJune 12, 2009
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