The Met says: Gabrielle Chanel is the designer most responsible for establishing the modern way of dressing that encompasses comfort, function and simplicity. Following the first World War, the artistic and social mood was ripe for the pared-down, angular, sportif look that she represented, and her “casual chic” sensibility dominated fashion throughout the 1920s. While Chanel introduced the concept of the “little black dress” into fashion vocabulary, this example shows just how refined and varied the examples she designed could be. Here, strands of beads join to form an interlace pattern that defines the bust, the dropped waist and the dropped hipline. What appears to be simply a tubular beaded dress reveals itself as more complex and intriguing in the way the surface treatment references and delineates the body of the woman who wore it.
Can you imagine how bloody heavy this thing is?
The first thing that had me irritated with my classmates was some of the girls pointed out how ah-mazing it was that Chanel could create such interesting headdresses that no one has ever seen before.
Meanwhile I was at the table pulling my impersonation of Lord Elrond’s eyebrow ( ) thinking seriously you guys??
I hated breaking it to my classmates
(not really I thought it was totally amusing) but the Kokoshnik has been around since the 16th century and correct me if I am mistaken but Chanel came about only in 1909/1910.
“The married women of 16th and 17th century Moscow were required to cover their head compulsory. The used specific hats usually adorned with embroideries, gold, pearls etc. Later on as the fashion evolved and became more sophisticated, the Russian headdresses became more sumptuous and were used at different ceremonials, fancy-dress balls or even as everyday outfit showing the aristocratic rank of the wearer. These further evolved in the case of those made for the high aristocracy in Kokoshnik shape tiaras. ” -RoyalRomania
(extant pieces live at the Met)