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Chanel Elaborate Multicolored Silk Chiffon Velvet Trim Beaded Evening Coat, 1997


Modern, sleek, and simple are synonymous with the Chanel brand. Sometimes, this mold is broken and something unusual and particularly artistic steps forward. The Fall 1997 show exhibited a combination of linear jackets, dresses, and suits ending with more elaborate designs such as this coat which can be seen at 10:41 in the clip.

This evening coat is made from a printed silk that resembles an impressionist painting. Small dabs of yellow, rust, teal, and crimson on a background of deep forest green create a muted yet colorful design. A dark chiffon overlay gives the appearance of a light velvet. A lofty blue-green faux fur trim borders the entire body of the coat recalling the styles of the early 1850s. Along this trim and the cuffs, periwinkle, celadon, and red-violet beads form accenting lines and clusters.

Size: 38

Bust: 38 inches

Waist: 38 inches

Length: 49 inches

A loose cocoon style fit and the play on multiple textures make this Chanel evening coat a one-of-a-kind vintage design. The interior of the coat is fully lined in a golden yellow crepe. The vibrancy of the lining adds a flair of drama when the coat is opened that pairs beautifully with the external fabric. In excellent condition, 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. 

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