Cruise 2004 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Three Piece Ivory Silk Boucle Suit w Silk Chiffon Edging
There is very little information of the cruise collections from the early 2000s but I do know that this came from the estate of a woman who shopped a lot at Chanel. Her things were stunning and she took immaculate care of them. This is one of several suits from her estate that I have had including this other Chanel suit that is available at the moment (find that one here). She was not a size 0 and it is nice to find some Chanel pieces that are a slightly larger size when so many that I see are usually very very tiny. That all said, we were able to find a reference photo of a similar top which was worn with pants on the runway that season and a shot of Emmy Rossum who wore the twin of the jacket in 2012 for an event. Which gives you a great idea of how amazing it is on.
The suit is constructed from an absolutely stunning ivory silk version of the Chanel signature boucle fabric. It is absolutely beautiful. It is then edged with the palest possible pink silk chiffon. I love the mix of the boucle and silk chiffon. On the jacket the chiffon is inset down the front edges, along each pocket and at the ends of the sleeves. The edging is composed of three layers of the silk chiffon and left with raw edges.The effect of these layered over top each other is very soft and romantic. The silk continues all the way around the hem. I especially love how it peeks out from the cuffs of each sleeve and drops down on an angle. Pockets and curving seams detail the sides of the jacket. The skirt is cut with a slight flare is it nears the hem and has more of the silk chiffon technique applied and inset under the hem. The entire suit is then lined in the highest quality camellia flower embossed white silk. This came with the matching pale pink lace top that is from that same collection. It would have been bought separately but I decided to keep it all together because it just felt right. The lace mixes a pale deep cream and pink thread that forms the signature Camilla flower of the label. It has no closures just a touch of elastic at the base of the back and the lace will stretch. A padded double C logo and cross are added at the front. This is classic Chanel and it is exceptional. It would make a great bridal piece for the bride not looking for something traditional or as a dress for an event surrounding the ceremony. Excellent condition.
Both the skirt and the jacket are fully lined in a fine, white silk embossed with the Chanel camellia flower print. The top is unlined. The skirt closes with a hidden set zipper. The jacket and top have no closures. Chanel logo sewn onto both pieces of the suit. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. The color and texture are even better in person. The jacket is tagged a Chanel 44, the skirt a 42 and the top has no size tag present. Some of the glitter looks to be missing around the edges of the appliques on the top. It is a little creamier in colour then how it photoed
The Chanel boucle is created with their proprietary method of weaving that they themselves describe as "by weaving the warp and weft, using a variety of different kinds of threads which creates a unique and somewhat irregular appearance. The warp – vertically strung – is the background of the fabric, the base that will support the assembly of materials. There can be up to 12 different threads used for a single warp. The weft – woven horizontally – gives the fabric its unique character and can have an unlimited number of threads. Tight, perforated, textured, thick, with a relief, plaited, random, twill… the potential number of effects is endless". This technique gives you that classic Chanel look.
Slightly dropped shoulders: 16"
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from neck to hem
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21" from waist to hem
It has stretch. It fit on my dress form that has a 39" chest and a 31" waist and I think it can go up to that bit not much more. The measurements below are unstretched and laying flat
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Cruise 2004 Chanel Runway Presentation. / (2) Emmy Rossum, in Chanel, at the 9th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit in California, 2012.
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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