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History of the Chanel Little Black Jacket

First imagined by Coco Chanel in 1954, the Chanel jacket has maintained a timelessness throughout the decades. In honor of The Little Black Jacket exhibition beginning this week at the Dietz Gallery, we are thrilled to present the history & making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket. Learn more about the Little Black Jacket and our Chanel Fall Trunk Show on 5th/58th: http://bit.ly/Lvb1jR © Chanel

1920: Gabrielle Chanel in Deauville. © Chanel - Collection Denise Tual

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1937: Gabrielle Chanel in front of the Coromandel screens at 31 rue Cambon, Paris. Photographed by Lipnitzki. © Chanel / Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet

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1937: Gabrielle Chanel photographed by Man Ray. A little black dress, pearls and a hint of provocation. © Chanel

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  • Ronald Tucker

    The Little Black Dress almost always makes the wearer look sexy, elegant and sophisticated. A fashion garment that can be easily accessorized up or down and a "must have" in every woman wardrobe.

1939: Gabrielle Chanel by Hoyningen-Huene. © Chanel & RjHorst

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1950-1960: Mademoiselle Chanel and her creations by decade. Coco between two styles and two worlds. Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld. © Chanel

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1954: Gabrielle Chanel working on a model for her first collection. Photographer unknown. © Chanel

1958: Marie-Helene Arnaud, the allure of Chanel 1958. Photo by Sante Forlano. © Chanel

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1961: Jeanne Moreau wearing a suit and the 2.55 bag at Rome airport. © Chanel

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1962: Mademoiselle Chanel by Douglas Kirkland. © Chanel

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1962: Mademoiselle Chanel in front of the boutique 31 rue Cambon. Photographer unknown. © Chanel

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1964: Mademoiselle Chanel in her apartment on 31 rue Cambon. Portrait by Cartier-Bresson. © Chanel

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Chanel Illustrated: Portrait by Karl Lagerfeld. © Chanel

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: et voila! © Chanel

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket. © Chanel

Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: Details. © Chanel.

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: Hand-sewn details. © Chanel.

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: stitching it in. © Chanel.

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket. © Chanel.

Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: pocket stitching. © Chanel.

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Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: In the atelier. © Chanel

Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket. © Chanel

Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket. © Chanel

Making of the Chanel Little Black Jacket: Stitching. © Chanel

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