Fashion Unpicked: CHANEL sequin trouser suit worn by Diana Vreeland

Join dressmaking expert Sue Clark as she examines a luxurious, sparkly CHANEL trouser suit, made in 1937 – 38 for American Fashion Magazine Editor, Diana Vreeland.

Designed at a time when women would have worn dresses rather than trousers for formal occasions, the glistening bolero jacket, matching loose, straight leg trousers and delicate lace and chiffon blouse would have made quite an entrance.

Watch as Sue discusses Gabrielle Chanel’s inspiration and takes a close-up look at the tiny hand-sewn tucks on the blouse, along with the clever directional placing of the sequins to achieve a striking effect.

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