Museum Held Fall 1977 Chanel True Haute Couture Three Piece Green Boucle Skirt Suit

This Chanel suit is absolutely beautiful and very special as it is the near twin of a version of the same suit held in The Met Museum's permanent collection. Each of these Haute Couture pieces would have been customs fitted and made for the client purchasing it and I think that this version is even prettier. The buttons on this one are exceptional and think it makes this set a bit more special. The current cost of a Chanel Haute couture suit is many tens of thousands of dollars and RTW Chanel would be the same cost as this couture version making it a very smart investment.

This beautiful suit has all of its proper Chanel Haute Couture labels and numbered tape underneath the labels. It was sourced from the daughter of the original client and it is wonderful. It has all the hallmarks that you look for in a couture Chanel piece from this era. The chain is present at the inner hem, the interior is is finished with the vertically stitched quilted technique used during this time period and the finishes are all done entirely by hand and to proper Haute Couture standards. The skirt and jacket are made out of a classic Chanel boucle. Int presents as a deeper olive tone but when you see it up close you realize that it is actually a remarkable mix of a green, blue, coral and purple. Chanel's boules are legendary and the way they make them is proprietary to the atelier. The way it is woven gives the fabric structure and stability one way and a slight bias cut effect the other. This is what creates that perfect fit that Chanel suits have. The fabric has the movement to really sculpt to the wearer and yet retains the shape and cut of the piece at the same time. The skirt falls to just below the knee with a slight flared cut. Perfectly  spaced pleats finish the front and the back is done in with a simple flat cut. The jacket is classic Chanel with two low set signature pockets at the front. Each pocket is detailed with a floral shaped button. More of these buttons are set  down the front and at each cuff. Each button is hand made and constructed by hand wrapping the wire to form the camellias that you see. The suit comes with its original matching top. It is made out of silk and has an intricately pleated front and French cuffs that are finished with matching buttons. The silk that the top is made out of is an exact match to the lining of the jacket. The top is not perfect and is sent with the suit at no charge. The suit itself is in excellent condition with a minor note below.

Both the skirt and jacket are fully lined in a hand set green silk. The jacket closes with hand woven brass wire flower buttons and the skirt closes with a hand set metal zipper. Both the jacket and skirt are lined in a vertical quilted silk. The jacket has the Chanel signature chain on the inner hem. The top closes at the front with hidden set buttons and is entirely hand made. Each cuff on the top has french set buttons that match the jacket. There is very minor discoloration at the inner seam under one arm of the jacket. The top shows more noticeable damage under each arm and I see some small storage spots here and there as well. The set is priced based on the jacket and skirt only. The top is being included for free. Each piece is properly numbered under its haute Couture label in sequence 53422, 53423, 53424

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 13.5"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem

Sleeves: 24"

Shoulders: 13"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 25" from neck to hem

Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 28" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2928

Reference Photo: Chanel F/W 1976-77 Suit, The Met Museum

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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