Evening gown, Chanel

  • Chanel

  • Gift of the Estate of Monsieur and Madame Viguier
  • circa 1938
  • Beige silk mechanical lace. Underlay in ivory silk crepe. Belt lined with beige leather, metal clasp with rhinestones and blue glass
  • GAL1968.55.23 A, B et C
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

A great rival of Elsa Schiaparelli—whom she called 'the Italian who makes dresses'—Gabrielle Chanel established her sophisticated style in the 1930s, partly with her long, monochromatic tulle and lace evening gowns. She was photographed by François Kollar in her living room at the Ritz in Paris around 1938. Here the belt functions as a discreet reminder of her taste for jewellery. This dress belonged to the wife of Henry Viguier, CEO of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, now the famous BHV department store. 

Notice's author : Sophie Grossiord