Extraordinary Spring 2011 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Well Documented Floral Silk Dress & Leather Jacket Set

This dress and jacket set is extremely well documented. Not only was it's twin presented on the Spring 2011 Chanel runway for Look 48 that season, but it was featured in the ad campaign that year and Anna Wintour herself wore the entire set and the dress alone on three different occasions. Lydia Hearst wore a shortened version and Sarah Chapmen wore the dress on its own. In Vogue's review of the show, Tim Blanks said in part; "Karl Lagerfeld gets a lot of his inspiration from dreams, but he didn't need any  help from them today, because he already had Last Year at Marienbad, that hallucinatory slice of avant-garde celluloid from the early sixties, on his mind. Some would say that, despite its storied reputation, it's the most boring movie ever made, but for Lagerfeld—and Chanel—it inspired a breathtakingly surreal setting: a monochrome ornamental garden, complete with fountains, which mirrored one of the film's most famous scenes." Karla himself said that new fabrics were one of his touchstones for the collection, but "he distressed them with selvedge, ragged edges, and a lattice of perforations. That chaotic quality persisted in dégradé chiffon florals or a monochrome tweed patchwork.... It loaned an enthralling urgency, and the fierce young spirit in the collection could be read as a swingeing riposte to the cutesiness that sometimes overtakes Chanel's ready-to-wear."

Both the pieces are magical in a way that only Karl could create. I love that they are perfect together yet equally perfect when worn solo. It is always nice to have the option of more wears with a set that you can mix and match with existing pieces from your wardrobe. The dress is gorgeous and the richness and quality of the silk only really can be appreciated when you have it in hand. The top is cut to skim over you and the sleeveless design makes it easy to wear on its own or under the jacket. The bodice is pleated in these perfect pleats that are set vertically. Pleating the silk like that adds an extra dimension to that beautiful floral pattern that covers the silk. The waist nips in with a band of silk but still has that easy feel to it that Chanel pieces have. The skirt falls from the waist and the pleats open up from just under the hip so that when you move it lightly moves and floats around you. The dress is a masterclass in pleat work and an example of how finely done a pleat can be. Each pleat is exactly the same size as its neighbor and each lies perfectly as it runs over the dress from shoulder to hem.

The jacket goes over that and is made from a butter soft black leather. He used that same floral print silk to create an open cut lattice and then built the collar and front of the jacket out of that as well as the lower parts of the sleeves. He wrapped more of that silk lattice work all the way around the hem so that when worn together, you get this play on depth, colour and print from the floral of the dress underneath. The jacket is cut in a traditional blazer feel with a notched collar and long straight sleeves. It is meant to be a little loose through the body with the waist brought in just a touch for shape and does up at the front with large hooks. I love the zipped pockets on each hip with their little dangling double C zipper pulls.

This is a stunning and important set from that season. The dress still has its original tags. Excellent condition

The dress is lined through the bodice in a black silk chiffon and the skirt in unlined. It closes with a hidden set back zipper and a Chanel logo button at the back of the neck. It is tagged a Chanel 38 and has it original zip back with an extra square of silk. The jacket hooks to close at the front and lined in a. black logo embossed silk. It is tagged a Chanel 40

Sleeves: 25" and 14" around the upper arm
Shoulders: "
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from neck to hem

Bust: 16-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder to top of band at the waist
Skirt: 29.5" from top of 2" band at the waist to hem 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4497

Reference Photos/Video: (1-2) Spring 2011 Chanel, Look 48, Model Lisanne De Jong.  /  (3) Spring 2011 Chanel Ad Campaign. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.  /  (4-5) Anna Wintour in Chanel at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.  /  (6) Anna Wintour, June 2011.  /  (7) Anna Wintour attending the Fall 2011 Chanel Fashion Show.  /  (8) Lydia Hearst attends CHANEL and Liz Goldwyn Celebrate "Chanel: Her Life" By Justine Picardie, September 2011.  /  (9) Sarah Chapman in Chanel, 2015.

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