1996A Runway Chanel Coat Dress w Cabochon Buttons

This Chanel piece is not only a classic that will never go out of style, but it can be worn as both a shift dress or you can use it as a layering piece and make it more of a statement coat or jacket. So you are in a sense getting two pieces to play with and style. We have dated it to the 1996 collection and have found the video from the 1996-1997 fall runway. When presented there is was shown belted to give it shape and with gold cuffs layered over the sleeves. You can see it in the video below and in the screen shot included in the photos. (In the video you can catch a quick glimpse of it at about the 3:22 mark in the far right corner). The workmanship is of course impeccable. It is constructed from a fine wool crepe lined in a high grade silk that has those famous double Cs woven into the silk. It is cut very boxy with classic Chanel lines. Four pockets adorn the front and each is highlighted with one of the wonderful gold tone metal buttons you see. Those buttons instantly identify this as a Chanel piece. Buttons also adorn each sleeve and button down the front. There are 20 in all so it is almost like wearing a fine piece of Chanel jewellery. Excellent condition

Fully lined with silk and closes with the buttons as shown. Tagged a 46 but please go by actual listed measurements.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 40" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD1980

Reference photo screen-grabbed from YouTube video.

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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