Object Name: suit
Artist/Maker: House of Chanel
Role in production: manufacturer
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Île-de-France, Paris
Accession Number: 2005.94
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - GF - A Century of Fashion
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
Black boucle wool cocktail suit with short boxy jacket, edged in gold and with chanel 'lion mask' buttons; matching slim skirt with stepped hem; ensuite gold lurex blouse with cuff-links. All labelled 'Chanel, Paris' and numbered 63512-63514.
Identified as a couture catwalk piece from 1983 by the Chanel archives, and from one of Karl Lagerfeld's first collections for Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld (born 1938) started work in Paris at Balmain in 1955, followed by stints at Patou and Valentino, joining Fendi in 1967, followed by Chloe. In 1983 he was appointed head of Chanel, and in 1984 he started his own label.
Height: 92 cm