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Woman's evening dress

Fall/Winter 2005
Designed by Karl Lagerfeld (German (active in France), born in 1938), Designed for House of Chanel (French, founded 1909), Embroidered by Hurel (French, founded 1879)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back: 112 cm (44 1/8 in.) Center front: 120.7 cm (47 1/2 in.) Other (waist): 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.) Other (bust): 78.7 cm (31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave; silk plain weave; sequins; Ostrich (Struthio Camelus)& Cock (Gallus Gallus) feathers

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Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sleeveless ankle-length black silk satin evening dress. A square pattern of white spangles representing knots in trompe-l’oeil covers the entire dress. The shoulder straps are covered with white spangles and divide into two on the back. The hem is trimmed with black ostrich and cock feathers, and hand-torn black organza strips. Center back zipper, snaps, and hook and eye closures. Black interior corset and crinoline underskirt. Interior label at center front “2005 HIVER No 48 Martine.”


2005, created by the Chanel atelier for the Fall/Winter 2005 haute couture season; gift of Chanel to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Chanel, Paris