Easy to Wear Cruise 2018 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Look 13 Knit Sheath Dress w Tie Shoulders
Vogue declared that for this collection 'Chanel did ancient Greece'. The audience was taken to a reproduction of a Greek ruin in Paris. Press notes for the show referenced Coco Chanel’s own 1st-century Venus statue that remains in her apartment on Rue Cambon and took reference from her contribution as costume designer to Jean Cocteau’s 1922 Antigone. It was a rare look back by Karl and key looks of the show included many versions of knits, like this one, that were finished in a pottery relief. Karl stated in the notes that 'The criteria of beauty in Ancient then Classical Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire Renaissance, in fact, was based on antiquity.' The twin of this dress walked the runway for Look 13 and I love that we have the reference photos and video for you so that you can see how fantastic this dress is on. This collection is of added note because of Karl's passing the following year making this one of his last few collections.
The dress is so easy and simple to wear. You just step into it and you tie the shoulders and go. Depending on how tight you tie them you can adjust where the bodice sits on you which is amazing. The ties are also super long so they become this design feature in themselves as they trail down your sides. The knit fabric is a light in weight with a slight stretch to it. It is part a synthetic and part paper. Which is an incredible achievement because you would never guess that it is part paper in a million years feeling it. Karl was known for his relentless innovation of fabrics and this is one of his achievements in that area. The dress has a slight texture to it and the texture highlights the print that runs over the entire dress. As stated in the show notes, the prints were all inspired from ancient pottery and the raised pattern just makes those prints stand out more. The fabric has a bit of stretch to it so it feels extremely easy on the body. Inside there is an rubber strip that runs all the way around the inside top edge of the dress to help hold it in place. It skims over your bust, waist and hips and then falls in a sleek sheath to past the knees or mid-calf depending on your height. That simple silhouette has this easy and chic feel to it while the shoulders and print give it impact. There is a small slit up one side and this lets a little extra leg show when you walk or sit. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on with a hidden set zipper at the side. Tagged a Chanel 36. The fabric will stretch and the measurements below are the comfortable range laying flat
Bust: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 47" from top of the shoulders to hem but you can tie and adjust the shoulders up and down as you need
Slit: 12" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos/Video: Cruise 2018 Chanel Runway, Look 13. Model Camile Hurel.
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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