In 1954 Coco Chanel, then 71 years old, re-opened her fashion house, which had been closed since 1939. Although Europeans estimated the first collection as “old-fashioned”, the American fashion press reacted positively. The suits introduced by Chanel became a particular success. This informal elegant style, which stood in stark contrast to the rigid corset-stiffened creations of other French fashion designers, helped Coco Chanel make her comeback a success. This knee-hugging suit at the Kunstgewerbemuseum has all the hallmarks of a typical Chanel suit: a slightly fitted jacket with fourpatch pockets and collar and lapels that form a deep V-neck. This offers a clear view of the fresh coloured chequered blouse that is colour-matched to the fabric of the suit. The jacket is double-breasted. Its long narrow sleeves are set high and end in piping, set with two buttons à la marinière and adorned with practical button-in, white pique cuffs. The hemlines of both jacket and blouse are weighed down with a gold coloured curb chain that guarantees a perfect fit. The zipper on the slightly flared four-panel skirt is integrated into the left rear side seam.


  • Title: Blue Suit with Blouse
  • Creator: Gabrielle „Coco“ Chanel
  • Creator Lifespan: 19.8.1883 - 10.1.1971
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date: ca. 1965
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2005 Uli Richter collection, estate of Ebelin Bucerius, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Proof of manufacture: Woven white on black label in jacket neckline: Chanel
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Jacket: fl./bl. 59 cm, skirt: fl./bl. 60 cm, blouse: fl./bl. 57 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Suit
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Blue-black-turquoise woven wool jersey, silk, plain weave multicoloured plaid, wild silk look Lining: dark blue silk taffeta, ten brass-coloured buttons with lions head motif

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