coco chanel

1893-1971

According to French law, these drawings were stamped with her estate mark, so their authenticity could not be questioned. On the reverse is Coco’s niece’s collector’s mark. They were not copyrighted as they were working sketches.  It is believed that less than 46 survived. They range from the sublime earliest hat designs to complete outfits with color like for the famed flapper dress she invented. They all exhibit the famed Chanel silhouette. Drawings from her late years don’t exist, as it is believed as Coco’s business empire expanded she hired others to illustrate her ideas. As her clothing creations become unwearable and disintegrate, these rare drawings eventually will become the only original surviving examples of her art. Her clothing was produced by others, while these important drawings were actually by her hand.

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