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A Brief History of the Iconic Chanel Jacket

A Brief History of the Iconic Chanel Jacket

April 18th, 2014
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  • Fashion : A Chanel Lady'S Suit

    The Chanel jacket first designed in 1954 is shown here on a model presenting the 1957 Spring/Summer collection.

     

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    Coco Chanel wearing her iconic design, circa 1950.

     

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  • President & Mrs. Kennedy At Love Field

    First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy greeted the public in Dallas, Texas in 1963 wearing a pink Chanel jacket. John F. Kennedy was assassinated later that day.

     

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  • Diana Great Ormond Street

    Princess Diana carried a bouquet of flowers into the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children wearing a royal blue Chanel jacket.

     

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    A model displays a black Chanel jacket styled by Karl Lagerfeld for the 1994/95 Autumn/Winter collection.

     

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  • In Good Company World Premiere - Arrivals

    Scarlett Johansson arrived at the "In Good Company" premiere in 2004 wearing jeans and a black Chanel jacket.

     

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  • Celebrity Sightings In New York - April 03, 2010

    Beyonce was spotted leaving a New York City restaurant in April, 2010 rocking a bubblegum pink Chanel jacket.

     

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  • Chanel - PFW - Ready To Wear - Fall/Winter 2011 - Photocall

    Alexa Chung arrived at the Chanel RTW show in March, 2010 wearing the iconic jacket.

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  • Karl Lagerfeld's four-year-old godson

    Karl Lagerfeld's four-year-old godson made a trip down the runway for Chanel with his father, model Brad Kroenig. The two donned matching white jackets with black detail.

     

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  • Celebrities At The Chanel Fashion Show In Paris (USA AND OZ ONLY)

    Clémence Poésy sported a Chanel jacket at the Chanel Fashion Show during the 2011 Paris Fashion Week.

     

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    Anna Wintour posed in a black Chanel jacket for Karl Lagerfeld's 'Little Black Jacket' exhibit.

     

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  • Chanel's:The Little Black Jacket Event

    Karl Lagerfeld and Linda Evangelista attended Chanel's:The Little Black Jacket Event together in 2012. Linda Evangelista styled her Chanel ensemble in a very Coco-esque way.

     

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  • The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL's Classic Revisited By Karl Lagerfeld And Carine Roitfeld New York Exhibition Celebration

    Dree Hemingway also attended Chanel's:The Little Black Jacket Event in June 6, 2012, wearing a white Chanel jacket.

     

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    Cate Blanchett wore a white Chanel jacket while fiming a scene for "Blue Jasmine" (2013)

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    Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the classic with shots of metallic and pops of color for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

     

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The Chanel jacket is without a doubt one of fashion’s chicest and most revolutionary pieces. First designed in 1954 by Coco Chanel, the jacket was intended to ease women from the constraint of the wasp-waisted silhouette of the Fifties.

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“Inspired by menswear, straight and fluid, without interfacing, the ensemble provides absolute freedom of movement,” explains the narrator of the series “Inside Chanel, which explains how Coco created the iconic jacket.

“Four real pockets, braid in matching tones or contrasting, buttons stamped with the symbol of the house, and especially, new for the period, no buttons without button holes. Finally, sewn into the silk lining, a delicate chain to ensure that the jacket falls perfectly. A revolution.”

The Chanel jacket has become a timeless classic worn year after year. It has been reinterpreted and reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Rothfeld, all while maintaining the aesthetic of the original design. It is a wardrobe staple that can be worn by anyone, adapting to each women’s personal flair.

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Here, we take a look at how the Chanel jacket has been worn by women like Princess DianaLinda Evangelista, and Jackie Kennedy on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

FYI: Coco Chanel was 71-years-old when she reopened her atelier and designed the jacket!

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