Chanel Costume Jewelry
Chanel was one of France’s unique personalities, at the height of Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun .
Coco Chanel highlighted that luxury should be comfortable, thereby allowing women to dispose of their corsets and still look presentable and stylish. From the beginning, Chanel’s designs reflected the aspiration of women and their changing lives.
The iconic creativity of Chanel’s fashion and jewelry is known for many things— the perfumes, quilted Chanel bags, the bold yet elegant faux pearls, Camellias, her collaboration with Suzanne Gripoix, and so much more.
By favoring materials with natural elasticity Chanel was free to simplify the lines of her designs for structural as well as ornamental ends. Early in her career she blurred the boundaries of the dressmaking and the tailoring by applying the dressmaker’s draped effects to her suites and coats, and the tailor’s pattern-driven precision to her dresses. Chanel was fascinated by medieval stained-glass windows, Byzantine mosaics, works of antique sculpture, the ancient Egyptian arts from which according to Chanel, the role of jewelry was to decorate an ensemble rather than to flaunt wealth.
Born in 1883, in Saumur, France, Chanel was a visionary and nothing in her legendary career happened by coincidence. She aspired to become a legend and make women feel part of her precious myth. She may be one of the oldest examples of a successful brand strategist and used ‘celebrity endorsement’ in all its glory. Chanel maintained constant, unfiltered contact with the tastes of the public for which she designed, and she relentlessly focused on the basic drivers of her lines and looks.
Chanel & Hollywood
Chanel’s career as a costume designer extended beyond the modernist stage into both French and American cinema. Her clothes were worn onscreen by Romy Schneider, Gloria Swanson, and Ina Clair among others. The films costumes by Chanel in turn influenced the fashion sense of millions of female moviegoers. Even today, clothes produces by the House of Chanel (under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld, who himself has developed a highly stylized, theatrical persona) signifies elite status and singular elegance, while being endlessly imitated in inexpensive replicas.
Karl Lagerfeld has been the main designer of Chanel’s fashion house since 1982. His talent to continuously revive the Chanel archive for inspiration testifies to the importance of Coco Chanel’s contribution to the world of fashion jewelry.
Today a Chanel costume jewelry piece is one of the most highly priced and searched items among avid collectors worldwide, especially vintage pieces which are hard to find and posses high quality craftsmanship. Buying a vintage Chanel piece means investing in an item which will be an heirloom and will never go out of style.