The 2.55 quilted bag
The 2.55 handbag was originally issued in February 1955, hence the name. The shoulder strap is said to have been inspired by the orphanage’s caretakers key chain.
Chanel No.5 was the first Chanel fragrance and has been on sale continuously since its introduction in 1921. It has been described as ‘the world’s most legendary fragrance’ and remains the company’s most famous perfume. It is estimated that a bottle is sold worldwide every 55 seconds.
In 1924 Chanel launched her first line of costume jewellery. Her collection was described by Harper’s Bazzar as ‘one of the most revolutionary designs of our time’. The most recognizable pieces are the pearl necklaces, sometimes interspersed with other glass or crystal beads, which remain a timeless classic.
The little black dress
It was designed with the intent to be a simple cut that was versatile, everlasting and affordable. In its first guise it was cut in black crepe with a high neckline, long fitted sleeves and a hemline that stopped just above the knee.
The tweed suit
By the Twenties Chanel was simplifying dress with her innovative forward looking ideas on female clothes. She borrowed items normally worn by men and translated them into pared down stylish female fashion, making simple jersey and tweed suits. However, in the Fifties and Sixties she translated tweed into a high fashion suit that looked modern and contrasted with the fuller dress designs and over-structured suits designed by Dior.