1986 Chanel Gown w Removable Sleeves
This is an over the top, unbelievable silk taffeta and velvet gown from Chanel. If I am reading the hand written tag correctly it is from the Autumn Winter collection 1986. The dress is both simple and elaborate. Simple in that it is basic black and used two fabrics - one a textured silk taffeta and the other that inky black cotton velvet. Simplicity stops there - the skirt is to the floor and voluminous with bands of velvet applied over the ever widening skirt till it hits the floor. The bodice is all velvet and intricately constructed with a full built in corset underneath so the dress is held magically in place. The sleeves are astounding - huge pouffed crazy pieces that I can see a girl pulling off in a Anna Dello Russo fashion moment. What I love about this is that you can separate those sleeves and wear with jeans or skin tight Balmain like leather leggings and a white shirt...the styling possibilities are endless. The equivalent to buy a Chanel gown now would run you well over $10,000 and upwards into the 6 figures. It is incredibly collectible and absolutely wonderful! Mint condition. Item# DD688
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