Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1909 and went on to launch her own couture houses in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz. From humble origins, she became one of the greatest icons of fashion in the 20th century.
The creator of the little black dress and Chanel No. 5, Chanel pioneered a new style of women’s clothes, combining simplicity and comfort with elegance, to create an unmistakable style which had a great influence over the fashions of the 1920s and 30s.
Her innovations in costume jewellery were introduced through her Paris salon, where she opened a boutique specializing in accessories and jewellery.
Instead of copying the style of fine jewellery, her costume jewellery was designed specifically to reflect the elegant simplicity of her clothes and to compliment and ‘finish’ an outfit.
The simple but effective use of multiple strings of faux pearls with a black pullover epitomises this style. Other key pieces for Chanel include gold tone chains, pate-de-verre jewellery from Maison Gripoix and classic Maltese cross cuffs designed by Verdura. more...Chanel closed her business when she was exiled to Switzerland during World War II, following her affair with a Nazi officer.
She re-invented the Chanel brand throughout the 1950s and into 1960s, working with designer Robert Goossens, producing long, rosary style necklaces, with chains of pearls and beads, and Maltese cross brooches decorated with glass cabochons in her signature colours of red and green.
In the mid 1950s the House of Chanel introduced leather handbags with metal and leather chains, which allowed carrying the handbag from the shoulder or in hand, and later, quilted-leather handbags.
After the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, control of the company passed to the Wertheimer family who had been shareholders and partners in the business since the late 1920s.
In the 1990s the company diversified into other luxury goods, including watches, sunglasses, all types of clutches and bags, and affordable jewellery.
As of the present time, Chanel S.A., known as the House of Chanel, is a French private company, that remains in the ownership of billionaires Gerard and Alain Wertheimer.
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A grey Chanel coat dress, fastening left off centre with off white silk edging and gilt floral buttons, long sleeves, gathered skirt to waist finishing at the knee. With matching belt with gilt buckle and a black and grey under skirt, (3 pieces)
Chanel evening dress, worked in gathered forms of black silk, with one shoulder strap, the bodice is worked in frills of white polka dot muslin with black satin ribbon, the bodice has been made with an internal corset, Label reads 'Chanel Boutique, Made in
Cream Chanel silk blouse and black Chanel skirt, the blouse has a layered chiffon collar edged with black stitching and similar decoration to the cuffs. With pleats to front and bow at base of neckline. The blouse fastens down centre front with pearl butto
Chanel, red straight boucle skirt, concealed zip fastening at back, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique, together with a navy straight boucle line mid-length skirt with side zip, with three button detailing at front, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique
Chanel, black pleated skirt, together with a charcoal straight line mid-length skirt with concealed zip fastening at back, fully lined, labelled Chanel, together with another black straight line mid-length skirt with concealed zip fastening, fully lined, l
Chanel, pink skirt suit of double breasted design with gold decorative buttons, two front pouch pockets with buttons, together with a pink mid-length straight skirt, side zipper closure, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique (2). Marked size 40
Chanel, navy wool jacket of double breasted design, eight 'CC' logo button closure down front, two pouch pockets, decorative 'CC' buttons on each cuff, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique. Made in France
Chanel, black boucle jacket of collarless design, with tan trim, four 'CC' logo button closure down front, two pouch pockets with button closure, decorative 'CC' buttons on each cuff, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique. Made in France. Marked size 38
Chanel, red satin blouse of long sleeve design with gold button detailing, labelled Chanel Boutique, together with a strawberry Wool Chanel sweater with gold button detailing on back, labelled Chanel Boutique (2)
Chanel, navy and white dress, of mid-length, with assymetrical white exaggerated round collar, concealed press studs, top pocket, gold decorative button closure down centre, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique. Marked size 38
Chanel, red and black abstract print dress of mid-length and long sleeve design, with subtle pleating detail at hem, gold decorative button fastening down centre, black ribbon bow detail at centre front, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique
A evening jacket by Chanel, circa 1980, labelled 'Chanel ', the black long sleeved jacket with signature buttons to the cuffs, the body in a cage style design from a lattice of satin ribbons, the hem weighted with gilt chain, labelled size 38.
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