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Minimalist Fall 2000 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Haute Couture Runway Look 11 Black Dress & Jacket Suit

The twin of this set in a different colourway walked the runway for the Fall 2000 show for Look 11. My client ordered hers in black and that simple colour change makes it incredibly timeless. The suit is beautiful and so chic. I also have Look 17 from the show in the shop that has a longer jacket from the same client. It is a beautiful example of how Karl could do a classic minimalist look that focused purely on tailoring and cut. It is an incredibly beautiful and historically important example of the work that Karl was doing for Chanel during this time period.

I love that this is a suit with a dress and jacket rather than a jacket and skirt. It makes it so versatile. You can wear the dress on its own or with other pieces to extend its life more and of course you can mix the jacket with anything from your wardrobe. Both of the pieces are constructed from a fine black wool that has a touch of texture to its surface. The dress is cut in the sleek and simple shift that skims over the body and flares out slightly as it nears the hem. The hem has a pretty fringe finish for a tiny touch of detailing. Perfectly placed seams shape the dress around you so that it is flattering on the body like the seaming detail at the neck that gives it the feel that the fabric crosses over itself. It is hand lined in a black silk so feels like heaven on. The jacket slips over that and has light shoulder pads for a touch of structure and the sleeves are long. The meticulous seams are set on curving lines to create shape. There is a simple hook and eye closure at the neck and two functional pockets. It is also hand lined in a high end black silk and there is the signature Chanel chain set around the inner hem of the jacket to allow it to fall perfectly.  A ruffled detailing goes from the neck to the hem of the jacket. It narrows down as it reaches the bottom hem and this adds a touch of softness to the jacket. This is a stunning and timeless example of Chanel's Haute Couture work. It is meticulously made and 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 hand lined in a fine black silk. The dress closes with a back hidden set zipper that follows along an offset seam so that it looks to have no closure at all. The jacket has a hook and eye at the top of the neck. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Both pieces have an appropriate Haute Couture label and numbered tape present and are completely made by hand to Couture standards. 

Jacket
Sleeve: 23.5"
Slightly inset shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24" from neck to hem

Dress
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4177

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2000 Chanel Haute Couture Runway Collection. Look 11 

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