evening cape

 
Designer
Creation date
Materials
silk georgette, feathers
Mark Descriptions
CHANEL Cannes - 31, Rue Cambon, Paris - Biarritz Importe de France Couture # 861 (white label with orange font)
Dimensions
L: 50 in.
Credit line
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ansted Jr. Art Fund
Accession number
2004.29
Collection
Not Currently On View

The legendary Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel is the most famous and entrepreneurial of all women couturiers. She was among the first designers to create stylish clothes that were also practical and comfortable for the active modern women. She is famous for introducing many styles, among them her two- and three-piece suits and her simple creation that became known as the "little black dress."

This semicircular cape is adorned with hundreds of feathers dyed to match the fabric. The tiered arrangement of feathers creates a spectacular cape over-collar, which extends to form a scalloped, fringelike hem.

(Doyle New York, sale: Couture and Accessories, December 10, 2003, lot 462) New York (c/o Jennifer McCloskey); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2004).
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