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Chanel Karl Lagerfeld Fall 1999 Black & White Sculptural Sunburst Gown
As described by Vogue, Chanel’s Fall 1999 couture collection was “an exercise in unrestrained luxury.” Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld created an array of show stopping looks that season, pairing colorful punk fauxhawks and stilettos with elegant numbers that exuded an ethereal beauty. From that collection, this documented sculptural dress is a remarkable find that embodies Chanel at its finest.
Done in black and cream-felted wool, this beautiful dress is a timeless masterpiece. Chanel has long been acclaimed for its powerful use of monochromatic color palettes, harnessing their unique ability to radiate a sophisticated elegance, which this gown has in spades. The dress features sculptural lines that create sunbursts across the fitted bodice and both sides of the skirt, giving this dress textural depth and a pleasing visual movement of its own.
The dress begins with a simple jewel neckline and short sleeves that just cover the shoulders. The skirt falls from an inverted waistline to a maxi length at the ankles in a dainty, high low hem, creating a classic columnar silhouette. The felted lines emphasize the natural lines of the body while the stark contrast of black and cream lend this dress extra gravitas and drama.
Size: 34 FR 2/4US
Size estimate: Small
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Length: 58 front- 65 at back
The back of the bodice features a gorgeous use of color by creating an angular pattern that is reminiscent of tuxedo coat tails or a long, inverted pleat that manages to accentuate the waist while also elongating the torso, especially when viewed from the side. The back of the skirt has more volume than the front and cascades past the ankles to create a short, elegant train. A sensational addition to the fashion lover’s wardrobe, this gown is sure to turn heads for many years to come and is the perfect choice for a wedding, gala, or special occasion.
This Chanel gown is fully lined in Chanel logo silk and has a back metal zip closure. There is a small interlocking metal CC logo at the lower left hip at the front of the bodice. In impeccable, pristine condition, this gown has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed.
Please note that the black wool is darker than it appears in the photos, which have been brightened to bring out the texture and detail of this dress. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.