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Object ID #907216375

This is a Evening Dress and Underslip. It was designed by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and produced by House of Chanel. It is dated 1926. Its medium is blue silk chiffon with applied blue ombré silk fringe.

Dancing to jazz music encouraged movement in fashion, accessory, and jewelry design. Materials and silhouettes were kinetic; tassels appeared in earrings and necklaces while dresses and shawls featured fringe. In this dress Chanel used shades of blue including indigo, which in 1927 became known as "Chanel blue" in Women’s Wear Daily.

It is credited Lent by Kent State University Museum, The Helen O. Borowitz Collection, KSUM 1997.71.7ab.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Suit, ca. 1929
  • wool.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Ann Andrews, 1972, 72.136.6A-B.
  • 76.2016.6
We have 1 media file that features Object ID #907216375.

"Back Water Blues," Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson (1927)

This elegant evening dress designed by the House of Chanel, with blue silk and fringe, matches ideally with the blues of Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson. In “Back Water Blues,” Bessie Smith...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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