Stars: Keira Knightley as Gabrielle Coco Chanel, Clotilde Hesme as Adrienne Chanel, Ashleigh Good as Jacqueline Forzane, Lindsey Wixson as Miss Wonderbilt, Tallulah Harlech as Ève Lavallière, Caroline De Maigret as Ida Rubinstein, Stella Tennant as Lady De Grey, Amanda Harlech as
A Lady of Society, Saskia de Brauw as
Vita Sackeville-West, Jamie Bochert as Catherine Pozzi, Hudson Kroenig as
André Palasse, Jake Davies as Boy Chapel, Brad Kroenig as Étienne Balsan, Saïg Ollivier as Sem, Sébastien Jondeau as
Georges Carpentier, Baptiste Giabiconi as Eduardo Martinez De Hoz.
With the introduction of her couture shop to the Parisian fashion radar in 1914, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel did not adhere to the exoticist constructive details or extravagant surface elaborations of many of her peers, but seemingly created an entirely new female fashion persona. Governed by an alternative modernism, her oeuvre catered to idyllic comfort and moveability, while her finishing techniques and intentionally ostentatious accessory items provided the Parisian upper classes a fashionable exclusivity. Streamlining both silhouette and texture, Chanel’s eveningwear was as elegant as her daytime designs were practical. This gown and matching evening cape, constructed from Chanel’s signature black silk crêpe and embellished with combed ostrich feathers, embodies the fluid movement and elegance equally suitable for the 1930s dance hall and the private cocktail party.