evening cape
evening cape
evening cape
evening cape
evening cape
evening cape
evening cape
evening cape

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Evening Cape

Coco Chanel, Designer (French, 1883-1971)


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).

Object Information

designer
Coco Chanel (French, 1883-1971)
creation date
about 1925
materials
silk georgette, feathers
dimensions
L: 50 in.
mark descriptions
CHANEL
Cannes - 31, Rue Cambon, Paris - Biarritz
Importe de France
Couture # 861
(white label with orange font)
accession number
2004.29
credit line
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ansted Jr. Art Fund
copyright
© Coco Chanel
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors