Design House: House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)

Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris)

Date: 1938

Culture: French

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1954

Accession Number: C.I.54.16.1a, b


Like much of Mrs. Vreeland's sensibility for fashion and style, the Watteau referencing of this Chanel suit was a compelling part of its glamour. Art was important to Mrs. Vreeland, both as an editor and an exhibition impresario. She favored juxtapositions of art and contemporary fashion in the magazines and aligned art with fashion in her exhibitions. Chanel herself wore the same suit in black.