This rare jacket comes from approximately 1977-1978 and was designed by Mademoiselle Chanel's longtime assistants Jean Cazaubon and Yvonne Dudel. Haute Couture pieces are hard to come by. Limited and rare, this number cut in a beautiful striped fantasy tweed, features striking lion-head gold-tone buttons. Lion - one of the symbols of the House of Chanel - represents Gabrielle Chanel's zodiac sign, Leo.
What's special about this piece is the fact that it is an haute couture jacket. Made-to-order, numbered item that requires over 100 hours of work and over 30 measurements on the body, several fittings, and assembled by hand in Chanel's atelier with the designer's final approval. Today prices for Chanel haute couture start at about 40000 euro for a suit. A true luxury, with less than 3000 haute-couture items sold every year in the 1970s (that's less than 300 pieces a month).
haute couture pieces come without a size label because they are made to measurements, suitable for sizes FR34-36.
Condition: Jacket exterior in great overall condition. Jacket lining shows signs of wear, but in overall very good condition for its age (please refer to images for details).
Fabric composition: haute couture pieces come without a fabric label, feels like 100% wool
Measurements taken flat: back length 22 1/2 in / 57 cm; shoulder width 14 in / 35 1/2 cm; sleeve length 21 in/ 53 cm; waist 16 in / 40 1/2 cm; bust 17 in / 43 cm; arm opening 7 1/2 in / 19 cm
Model's measurements: Our model Hailey is 180 cm / 5'11" ft tall. Her measurements are: bust 30 in / 76 cm, waist 27 in / 68 1/2 cm, hips are 35 in / 89 cm.
This is a pre-owned item.