Fall 2003 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Two Piece Black Silk Chiffon Dress Set w Poufed Fur Trim
The Fall 2003 Chanel collection began with inspiration from the work of Russian constructivist painter Kasimir Malevich. In Vogue's review of the collection Sarah Mower stated in part that; 'Lagerfeld mixed things up with his usual polymath flair... The decorative vibe ran through the collection.... In other words, all the usual playfulness of Chanel ready-to-wear was there, done with a light-handed touch that underscored Coco's legacy of flexibility—and fun— in the reign of King Karl." This is a wonderful example of his work from this time period and it is so versatile with the two pieces as you can wear them together or mix and match with other pieces you already own. Endless stying options are always a good thing.
The dress set is an absolute stunning example of the work that Lagerfeld was doing during this time period. It has an easy, sexy feel to it that I love. It is made up of two pieces. The inner dress is made from a fine high end black silk that feels like heaven. It is suspended from the shoulders by two little silk straps. The bodice is cut to fall over you in a loose and easy way and the back dips into a low V. There is a seam at the waist that is set on an inverted curve so that there are no harsh lines to break the eye. The skirt falls from thee, skimming over the hips and widening out as it nears the hem. The hem is cut on that same inverted curve at the front and then the back sweeps down into a longer slightly point hem that mirrors the dip on the back. Over this goes a chiffon overlay. The overlay is so well made that you can literally wear it to the back or to the front. I took photos of it both ways for you to see. The overlay slips on and buttons into place with a row of little diamanté feeling black buttons. It has that same high low hemline so depending on which way you wear it you get a totally different feel when it is layered over the skirt. I think technically that the buttons go to the back but it seems to fall beautifully either way. Both the dress and its matching overlay are trimmed in little poufs of a glossy black fur. This gives the set a bit of a boudoir feel. My photos do nit come close to doing it full justice and once on an actual body it really comes to life. It moves beautifully when on and as just an exceptional example of Karl's work for Chanel. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
Both piece are unlined. The inner dress closes with a hidden set back zipper and the over lay closes with buttons. Tagged a Chanel 40. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of shoulders to the waist
Skirt: 28" from waist to front hem, 41" to longest point on hem
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 35" from waist to longest point of the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs and fur trimmed pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. Fur coats are final sale.
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