According to the gospel of Karl Lagerfeld, the three wardrobe staples that will never go out of style are “jeans, a white shirt, and a Chanel jacket.” The third was already the subject of a coffee table book and a touring international exhibition in 2012 called “The Little Black Jacket,” and now the house has released a short film chronicling its rise to popularity and its many incarnations as a part of their Inside Chanel series.
We already had the chance to watch how one of the classic pieces gets made (and oh, what a mesmerizing video that was), but did you know that Coco Chanel was 71-years-old when she reopened her atelier and designed the jacket that was to become a worldwide sensation? Now, of course, Karl has cut it, dyed it, burned it, bedazzled it, and generally transformed it in every which way, but when it was first created, its most important feature was that it allowed the wearer to move.
Asked what the hardest part of her job was, Chanel gave her interviewer this answer:
“Enabling women to move with ease, to not feel like they’re in costume. Not changing attitude or manner, depending on their dress. It’s very difficult. And the human body is always moving.”
Get your daily dose of fashion history in the video below: