Cruise 2002 Chanel by Karl Lagerfel Cashmere Knit Dress w Silk Chiffon Ribbon Skirt
The Chanel Cruise collections have an interesting history. Gabrielle Chanel actually sailed and her love of the sport led to her inception of a 'cruise' collection in the 1920s. She was not the first to come up with this concept but hers were among the first to show a complete collection in a fully fledged show. They eventually fell off in popularity and it was not until Karl Lagerfeld took over Chanel that the cruise collections started again. The scarf finish of the skirt on this dress gives it so much drama and movement and the fabric are the best that can be found. It is a very easy to wear dress with lots of impact, and of course, wearing Chanel is never a bad idea.
This dress has so much movement to it once on the body and it is a joy to wear. It is actually very short under that chiffon ribbon overlay. It is cut into a simple tank style that you just slip on over the head to wear. The body of the dress is made of a fine black cashmere and silk mix that is ribbed so that it has some texture and detailing. The dress has a nod to the twenties to it in style. It is cut so that the body of the dress skims over you with no seam at the waist to break the eye. It simply falls to the top of the hips where the seam is set on a jagged angle all the way around. A series of silk chiffon panels fall from that edge in various lengths. This gives the dress tremendous movement as the chiffon will move with the slightest breeze or when you move. It also gives you coverage while still allowing the legs to flash from underneath. A very sexy detail. Under the chiffon the dress flares out to a flippy little underskirt in a solid texture cashmere. A little double C logo sits at one side of the hip. This dress is an amazing and a wonderful example of how Karl took past references and made them feel very Chanel. Excellent condition.
Unlined and slips on to wear. It is made from a cashmere silk mix. Tagged a size 42. It does have some stretch and should fit a variety of sizes. I have given the comfortable range of stretch while it is lying flat in the measurements below. You could probably go a little beyond that range listed depending on how fitted you wanted it. It looks to have been worn very little if at all
Bust: 12-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 14-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31" from top of shoulder to inner dress hem, 48" to longest point of the silk chiffon ribbons
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
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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