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Designer:      Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris)  Date:      1926–30  Culture:      French  Medium:      silk, wool

Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) Date: 1926–30 Culture: French Medium: silk, wool

Suit  Coco Chanel, 1929  The Metropolitan Museum of Art  Traditionally, women’s fashion becomes more masculine in times when women enter new, traditionally masculine spheres.  With the dramatic gender changes of the 1920s came the “Garçonne*” style.  Women bobbed their hair, and a lean, boyish, columnar silhouette was favored.  Women smoked, drank, went out by themselves, and enjoyed single life rather than aggressively husband-hunting.  Coco Chanel stood at the top of the new sty

Suit Coco Chanel, 1929 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Traditionally, women’s fashion becomes more masculine in times when women enter new, traditionally masculine spheres. With the dramatic gender changes of the 1920s came the “Garçonne*” style. Women bobbed their hair, and a lean, boyish, columnar silhouette was favored. Women smoked, drank, went out by themselves, and enjoyed single life rather than aggressively husband-hunting. Coco Chanel stood at the top of the new sty

Coat (image 1) | American | early 1920s | wool, silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 1973.260.7

Coat (image 1) | American | early 1920s | wool, silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 1973.260.7

Chanel - 1920s - Haute Couture - House of Chanel - Design by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel - Evening dress fully embroidered with glass beads - Cornette de Saint Cyr

Chanel - 1920s - Haute Couture - House of Chanel - Design by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel - Evening dress fully embroidered with glass beads - Cornette de Saint Cyr

Blouse Date: 1935–39 Culture: probably French Medium: cotton Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Anne Helen Hess, in memory of Audrey S. Hess, 1975 Accession Number: 1975.79.14

Blouse Date: 1935–39 Culture: probably French Medium: cotton Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Anne Helen Hess, in memory of Audrey S. Hess, 1975 Accession Number: 1975.79.14

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