Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Coco Before Chanel - the suit, the little black dress and the quilted bag

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel Pictures

At the end of the month Coco before Chanel, a film about the fashion designers life starring Audrey Tatou will be showing at the cinema. I will most definitely be planning a trip to see it with the girls.
Coco Chanel, whose real name was actually Gabrielle, was such an amazing designer and definitely one of a kind. She started her first shop in 1913 and over the years earnt herself the status of a style icon for her simple, practical and mens wear inspired clothes that were ground breaking in their day. Her designs allowed women to abandon their corsets giving them greater comfort and freedom of movement. She was also the first designer to use jersey for clothing, an unusual choice at the time, but look how many of our clothes are made of jersey now.

What is so amazing about Coco Chanels clothes is that they are still so relevant to women of today. I so often see clothes in the shops that have a Chanel like qualities about them. Whilst Chanel's clothes differed from other clothes of the time (particularly Dior) in being inspired by menswear, they still had very feminine and elegant qualities.
Some of the key characteristics of Chanels clothes that still live on today are the little black dress, a staple in almost every womans wardrobe, simple, flattering and suitable for a multitude of occasions, suits often in tweed with boxy lines, collarless jackets, trimmed with braid and shortened narrow skirts, clothes in black, white and beige, romantic and slimline evening dresses and of course quilted bags (inspired by clothes worn at the horse racing she loved to attend).

Collarless boxy style jacket - Marks and Spencers

Little Black Dress - Marks and Spencers

Quilted Handbag - New Look

1 comment:

Adam said...

It's just a classic style that will never die out. She perfected the art of classic diamond and jewellery with her timeless dresses.