Gorgeous Fall 2000 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Haute Couture Ruffled Three Piece Boucle Runway Suit

This is a stunning suit that has all three original pieces and is the twin of the piece that walked the runway for the Fall 2000 show. There is nothing more classic then an iconic Chanel suit and there are incredibly beautiful and chic once on. True Haute Couture pieces by Chanel are an extraordinary find as they are so very rare and hard to come by. It is an incredibly beautiful and historically important example of the work that Karl was doing for Chanel during this time period. It is absolutely gorgeous to see in person.

I love that this has all three pieces - the jacket, skirt and the inner silk chiffon tank. It makes it so versatile since you can mix and match all of pieces and wear them in so many different ways. The inner tank is made of a deep blue silk chiffon and then the suit is constructed from one of Chanel signature boucle fabrics. From a distance it presents as a black with a touch of a secondary colour running through it to create a pattern but as you get closer you see that there is actually a riot of colours woven through the fabric. The colours in there are a bright and vivid turquoise, pink, green and a peach mixed with navy and black and it is absolutely beautiful fabric. The jacket is that classic and perfect Chanel cut with every seam meticulously executed. The sleeves are long and the shoulders have soft padding inside for a touch of structure. The seaming is set in curving lines to create the shape that you see and there are little pockets hidden along the seams at the front. It has a small rounded and neat collar and it hooks to close down the front. What really makes it exceptional is that ruffled netting that goes from the neck right to the hem on both sides of the front. The ruffle gradually narrows down as it reaches the bottom hem. This adds an unexpected touch of detail and softness to the jacket. It also creates movement as it slightly moves as you move. The skirt is precisely and simply cut with that slight flare as it reaches the hem that the best Chanel skirts have. Both the jacket and skirt are lined in an extremely high-quality black silk. There is a signature Chanel chain set around the hem of the jacket. This is a classic Chanel suit that will never go out of style and it is exceptional. The fact that it is true Haute Couture just makes it better and the workmanship is out of this world. It is a beautiful piece showcasing the work that the Chanel ateliers are capable of and of Karl's time there. Excellent condition.

Both the dress and the jacket are fully lined in a black silk. The tank is made of a single layer of a deep blue silk chiffon. The tank slips over the head to wear with no closures. The skirt closes with a side zipper and hook and eye at the waist. The jacket has hidden set hook and eye down the front. The jacket has the appropriate Haute Couture label and numbered tape present. All three pieces are completely made by hand.

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.

Sleeve: 23.5"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 27" from neck to hem

Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from shoulder to hem

Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4146

Reference Photos: Fall 2000 Chanel Couture Runway, Look 18. Model: Roos van Bosstraeten.

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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