Chanel The Chanel Suit

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Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a Leo. The lion also in her designs throughout her collections. In fact, instead of the interlaced C’s that we know Chanel for, it is a surprise the Lion wasn’t the main stamp. We could see it in her vintage pieces like the quilted bag. When she was a child her father left her and orphan in the convent of Aubazine. She spent here six or seven years. Through her childhood and until she was 18, she learned how to sew which would make her a future designer. Much of Coco Chanel’s design symbols are established in her time at the orphanage at Aubazine. The Romanesque ar in the church she spent a lot of time in, would make her notice the colors of black and white. Religious garments and ceremonial objects inspire her …show more content…
She was inspired by the first tailor made suits for women created by John Redfern. Chanel imagined and created the suit in jersey. It was meant to be flexible, simple and comfortable but elegant. The suit was an expression, even rebellious. The suit had and still has straight lines, a fitted cut to allow movement, braid detail, sleeves fitted exactly at the shoulder, real pockets that women could fit their whole hand inside of, The suits were made in colors like beige, navy blue, black, pink as well, cherry red and pale green. Coco Chanel fell in love with Arthur Boy Capel, she borrowed his suits. He admired that look and style but he wanted her to visit tailor to have them properly fit her petite body. She worked for a changing society. Fashion at that time was only for women of high status and their maids had to help them get dresses. She was gaining new clients that were looking for a change, active women. Women who she felt needed to move in their dresses and be able to work in them. They needed to ne functional. Her clothing didn’t have ridiculous fineries and gaudy-ness. Her first suits were worn with a simple white button down …show more content…
The dress was not essentially a new design but she was a genius at reinventing designs with a touch of elegance. The inspiration behind this dress was exactly that of her wanting to design for a new woman. Hardworking and dedicated. The color black could have been chosen by Chanel because it took back to her days in the Convent of Aubazine from the influence of Romanesque art. Most designers wanted to imitate the little black dress but it was never as popular and versatile as Chanel’s were. Chanel’s dresses were made to wear for daywear, cocktail wear, and evening wear. Chanel wore her evening wear dresses the most. In the 1920’s she ridded the frills, and the frou-frou. She rejected the use of gaudy fabrics and utilized crêpe, and jersey in black of course. A round neckline, long sleeves but they still fit correctly around the arm. The skirt was often below the knees. The lines of the garment had to be correct for the body. No embroidery, no fringe, no sequins, just simple and elegant. In the late 20’s Chanel created sheath dresses with low-cut backs, draped in light chiffons, designed in tulle, with plunging

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