Evening dress (bodice and skirt)
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971)
Machine-sewn red grosgrain and red chiffon
Museum no. T.32-1978
Given by Mr Fergus Cochrane
Though couture clothing like this was out of most women's reach, it inspired more affordable fashions. Coco Chanel championed comfortable and practical clothing for women. This evening dress, obviously designed for the summertime, is a remarkable example of Chanel's skills in developing elegant sportswear for the evening, creating a simple yet stunning evening dress for the sporty, modern woman of the 1930s. The navy, red and white ribbon of grosgrain makes reference to Chanel's own love of sailing, and her inspiration from sports.