Evening dress Detail of front of evening dress

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT
New York City, United States

After the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, the house of Chanel fell into a decline, which lasted until Karl Lagerfeld's appointment as director in 1983. This dress from Lagerfeld's first couture collection for Chanel, cites the history and symbolism of the Chanel style by alluding to Mlle. Chanel's personal preference for decorating a black dress with a wealth of costume jewelry – trompe-l'oeil jewelry, in this case.


  • Title: Evening dress Detail of front of evening dress
  • Creator: Karl Lagerfield
  • Creator Birth Date: 1933
  • Fashion House: Chanel
  • Date Created: 1983
  • Location Created: France
  • Type: Dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Black silk crepe with trompe-l'oeil embroided jewelry (embroidery by Lesage)
  • Credit: Gift from The Estate of Tina Chow

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