Like I said, the Paris-Moscow collection was amazing due to the fact that everything had a meaning. The attention to detail was superb!
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)
So my fellow comrades, one of my favorite parts of the collection was the attention to detail. How precious are these matryoshka purses? And the necklace and earrings. So clever!
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel dress ca. 1985 via The Victoria & Albert Museum