Striking Spring 1996 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Black Fitted Dress w Pockets Chanel Buttons & Belt

The near twin of this gorgeous Spring 1996 Chanel dress was worn by Kirsty Hume on the Runway for Look 160. The runway dress was done in velvet and was full length and then this version was produced in a light weight wool silk mix done to mid-calf for the shops. Women's Wear Daily described the show as 'Karl hits the Mall' and this is the collection that the nipple covering micro bikini came fro. Karl said that it was a 'Little fantasy, a little glamour, optimism and brightness… a little shape is coming back to the body but they're soft curves – it's body-conscious relaxed'. This dress is definitely one of the body-conscious pieces and it is just a spectacular little black dress.

The dress is made out of a stunning light wool and silk that is light in but heavy enough to keep the structure. There is a slight ribbed texture to the fabric. It is so simple in it's cut but is so chic and elegant once it is on the body. It feels very much that perfect French origin Little dress. Two wide straps curve over the shoulders and the front neckline is done in a V. At the back it dip slightly lower with a more squared off feel. The front is shaped in a bit of a triangle feeling halter and there is a little two faux pocket on each breast. It buttons down the front with four Chanel logo buttons in silver and black. The waist nips in and it is defined even more with a slim belt that clearly says Chanel on its silver buckle front. The skirt falls under that in a neat little pencil silhouette with a vent the back for you to be able to walk. Also at the back are two more faux pockets for each have a Chanel logo button. I love the angled pockets on each hip and the zipper closure at the front. These little details just elevate the dress that much more. Once on this fits and hugs your curves in the best possible way. It is a beauty. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition with one tiny note below

 The dress is fully lined in a black silk. It closes at the front with the buttons and zipper as noted above. The belt is original to the dress and has a slip buckle closure. Tagged a vintage Chanel 40. The zipper has a slightly sticky feel.

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam and you can cinch with the belt that has three holes at 28", just under 29" and at 29 3/4"
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 34" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4316

Reference Photo: Spring 1996 Chanel Runway, Look 160. Model Kirsty Hume.

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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