Evening Dress, Chanel (1883 - 1971), Paris, France: ca. 1958, lace over silk and net boned foundation. "In 1954, at the age of 71, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel' ...presented a comeback collection, after a retirement of fifteen years. She challenged the formality and complexity of the fashions of the time, and was critical of designers such as Christian Dior (1905-57)..."
Dress Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: 1869-1870 (made) Artist/Maker: Vignon (designer) Materials and Techniques: Ribbed silk trimmed with satin, faced with cotton, brass Museum number: T.118 to D-1979 n the early 1870s a German chemist found traces of arsenic in fabric dyed with magenta, which could leak out in washing, rain or perspiration. There were also reports of serious skin conditions caused by exposure to aniline dyes V London