1970s Chanel Haute Couture Lesage Bead, Sequin & Embroidered Silk Jacket

This little embroidered and beaded silk jacket from the Chanel Couture Atelier is absolutely divine and a once in a lifetime find. In all of my years of having some of the finest pieces of vintage couture pass through my hands I can easily say that this is one of the most magical pieces that I have had. Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special then modern ones. This piece comes direct from the daughter of the original Haute Couture client so has not been on the market prior to this.

It is made from two layers of a fine silk chiffon - the inner layer is a soft pastel baby blue and the exterior a more silver hue. This is completely covered with embroidered flowers accented by silver glass tube beads and clusters of sequins, all of which would have been applied and created by hand by Lesage to the exact specifications of Chanel. The design itself is slightly raised and the use of the silver beads and sequins give the entire thing a very subtle glimmer in the light. The jacket is an evening version of her classic box jacket. It close only with a hook at the neck and the rest drapes perfectly into place. The edges are finished with panels of silver beads. It is entirely made by hand as Haute Couture dictates and the fabrics would have been made specifically for Chanel and this piece. A fine and rare example from this time period. It is truly a brilliant piece that when you see it in person you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction. A masterpiece. In excellent, museum quality condition.

Fully lined in a pale blue silk chiffon. Completely hand made. Closes at the neck with a hook & eye. Couture number 53531. There is a tiny break in the silk chiffon under the label - you can see it in the photo. I have left it as is since it seems stable.

Shoulders: 14'
Bust: 17" flat across the inner back from side seam to side seam
At bottom hem: 16" flat across the inner back from side seam to side seam
Length: 19" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# S732

Reference Photos: (1) French Actress Claudine Auger at Chanel, 1970. Photo by Christian Simonpietri.   /  (2-4) Sylvia Kristel in Chanel Couture, 1976. Photos by Jean-Claude Deutsch.

Video reference: I have included the video I posted on my instagram account so you can better see the jacket and the details

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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