Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Chanel Dress - 1964

Chanel fashions were rarely featured in the pages of Vogue in the 1960s, despite the fact that ads for Chanel perfumes are found in every issue, and despite the fact that editor in chief Diana Vreeland wore Chanel frequently. I don't know why that is, but here is a rare exception from 1964. Click on the photo to enlarge so you can see the details. Coco Chanel herself was the designer of this dress. In fact, she was the designer for the company right up to the time of her death in 1971. Black silk is quilted in a plaid pattern, then cut on the bias. The dress wraps in the front and the edges are all adorned with black silk chiffon ruffles. A large peacock brooch sits at the waist. Trés feminine, no?