Learn about Chanel, Coco

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...
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Long black crepe Chanel wrap around skirt, fastening with gilt buttons at waist, with handbag insignia

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, multi-coloured jacket, three quarter length, mix of rayon, wool and mohair, size 44

Chanel, pink tweedskirt suit, the oversized jacket having two pockets and ÔccÕ buttons, together with pencil skirt with hem zip and two pockets, size 42 (2)

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, charcoal pleated skirt, labelled Chanel Boutique. Made in France

Chanel, black skirt, labelled Chanel Boutique. Made in France

Chanel, black wool suit, with satin trim and black piping detail, fully lined, the pants of straight leg design with side zipper closure, labelled Chanel. Made in France. Marked size 42

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, plum jacket of long design, four button closure down centre, two front pouch pockets with buttons, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique

Chanel, black collarless wool jacket of collarless design, black and white trim, four slit pockets, six button closure down centre, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique. Marked size 42

Chanel, lemon wool jacket of collarless design, featuring a white border signed 'Chanel' within the knit, decorative three 'CC' logo button cuff detailing, labelled Chanel Boutique

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

Chanel, black dress, with double strap detailing at neckline, subtle drop waist, concealed zipper closure at centre back, fully lined, labelled Chanel Boutique. Marked size 42

A multi colour tweedpencil skirt by Chanel labelled size 40

A yellow ribbon tweedtie front jacket by Chanel labelled size 42

A pair of Chanel Shorts, styled in textured navy blue rayon blend fabric, size 42

Chanel 100% purple cashmere short sleeved dress with draw string waist and Chanel logo detail. Size 38.

Chanel Denim Jeans 98% cotton and 2% spandex in black with black leather waist band. Size 40.

Chanel 100% black cashmere short sleeved dress with draw string waist and Chanel logo detail. Size 40.

Chanel 100% cashmere cardigan with zip. Size 38. Accompanied by Chanel plastic protective bag.

Chanel 100% cashmere sequined cardigan in black and white. Size 42. Accompanied by Chanel plastic protective bag.

Chanel 100% cashmere cardigan in emerald green and grey with buttons. Size 36. Accompanied by Chanel plastic protective bag.

A black leather tailored jacket by Chanel, circa 2000, labelled 'Chanel', the double breasted jacket with monogrammed buttons, front patch pockets and back belted detail, labelled size 38.

A skirt by Chanel, circa 1990, labelled 'Chanel', the black three quarter length gored skirt with patch pockets of guipure lace and signature monogram gold buttons

A jacket by Chanel, circa 2000, labelled 'Chanel', the cropped zip front cream boucle wool jacket with nehru collar and patch pockets all trimmed in a red and black fancy braid, labelled size 42.

A classic jacket by Chanel, labelled 'Chanel', the black fine boucle wool jacket, cropped and collarless with a feature suspended banding to jacket edges and cuffs, labelled size 36.

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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