This dress is a perfect representation of the flapper era of the 1920s. Breaking free from the confining dresses of days past, the chest was flattened, the waist was dropped and the hemline was raised. The construction is ingenious, as it accommodates the pattern of the textile and drapes with the configuration of the scallop pattern.

Evening dress Date: ca. 1925 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 43 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Dress Suit: Chanel introduced the 'tweed suits' in the 1930s. This garments was less structured and more comfortable than hers in the 20s. The tweed fabric is very popular in chanels line, due to its texture and weight. -Megan Reilly 1/31/2017

Dress Suit, Gabrielle Chanel (French, 1883 - for the House of Chanel (France, 1913 - present): ca.

Cape Coco Chanel, 1927 Kerry Taylor Auctions

Cape Coco Chanel, 1927 Kerry Taylor Auctions (OMG that dress!)

Chanel beaded cape, circa the black chiffon ground adorned with zig-zag bands of pewter grey and gold bugle beads, the rear panel with deep V-panel inset with beadwork, graduated front hem, beaded ties to neck

expressing your truth blog: Style Icons: Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel started the belief that every woman should have a "little black dress.

Chanel evening dress ca. 1925

ca 1925 Chanel ivory patterned, scalloped lace dress embroidered with glass beads; low waist with belt of salmon silk crepe and golden metal buckle.

Dress  House of Chanel  (French, founded 1913)  Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) Date: 1927 Culture: French Medium: silk

Dress House of Chanel (French, founded Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur Paris) Date: 1927 Culture: French Medium: silk

Suit Design House: House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) Date: ca. 1958 Culture: French Medium: a) wool, silk, metal; b) wool, silk

Chanel Suit 1958 Chanel came out of retirement in response to Dior's new look, she created practical suits for working women

Afternoon ensemble (image 2) | House of Chanel | France | 1927-1929 | cotton, silk | Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris | Museum #: GAL1968.40.93 A B et C

Chanel Coat and Dress Ensemble Green overstitched cotton coat lined in printed silk muslin, edged w/ scalloped silk muslin appliqués, Sleeves lined in green silk serge. Scalloped edgde dress in black, yellow and red printed silk muslin.

Evening Dress Coco Chanel, 1922 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Evening Dress Made Of Hand-Sewn Silk Georgette, Hand-Embroidered With Glass Beads And Gold Thread, Made By Chanel - Paris, France - The Victoria & Albert Museum

Ensemble, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) for the House of Chanel (French, founded 1913): 1929, French, silk, wool.

Ensemble, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur Paris) for the House of Chanel (French, founded French, silk and wool.

Evening cape (1925) by Lanvin, Paris Silk (velvet, thread, satin), glass (beads), jet (beads)

130 pieces of rare French haute couture acquired by National Gallery of Victoria – in pictures

More 100 pieces of French haute couture, including rare dresses by Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, have been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria