Karl Lagerfeld (German, born 1938), for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Silk, cotton, metal, wood
Gift of Chanel, 1993 (1993.104.2a–c)
This evening ensemble designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the House of Chanel illustrates his success in maintaining and reinterpreting the style elements created by Gabrielle Chanel. This example features several overt references to Chanel's innovative designs of previous decades. Lagerfeld has paired a men's underwear-type tank top, emblazoned with the interlocked "CC" logo (first seen on Chanel's suit buttons in 1964), with a frothy tulle skirt. To this combination, he has added an oversized gold-colored metal and wood chain belt, employing yet another signature Chanel accessory dating from the 1960s. With a skillful use of references to past Chanel designs, Lagerfeld's interpretations bring the classic Chanel look up to date.