only as Chanel, the House of Chanel denotes elegance, class and
a style, developed over time, that revolutionized the dress of
the modern woman.
Chanel (1883-1971) was born to working parents, but as life has
other plans at times, Gabrielle (age 12) and her two sisters
ended up in a religious convent and orphanage. Her mother had
passed away and her father just couldn't handle 5 children, so
the girls were sent to the orphanage and the boys shipped off
to be farm laborers.
From such humble
beginnings, but well trained in sewing at the orphanage, Gabrielle
went on to making it her mission to change the way women dressed.
She felt that women were wearing what men had designed and she
wanted women to change their relationship with their bodies and
their way of life, offering freedom from corsets and the restricting
underpinnings of her time.
Coco has been
quoted many times, but one of my favorites is "In order
to be irreplaceable, one must be different" and that is
exactly what she portrayed. Her personal style was neat, clean
and elegant. Shorter skirts and softer lines; her use of jersey
fabrics; the mix of fine jewelry with costume jewelry, and two-toned
shoes; are just a few of the revolutionary changes that she made
in women's fashion by just being herself!
the "little black dress", trimmed down the style of
hats, and invented the iconic boxy jacket. She was the first
designer to have perfume made for her, the famous and everlasting
Chanel N°5. Coco's legacy continues under the lead of Karl
Lagerfeld, keeping the House of Chanel on the leading edge of
style and elegance.
Muse: An Elegant Sautoir is a blend of styles. Mixing the look of the long
pearl necklaces and mixed chains that were a standard iconic
style of Coco's personal style, my design flows from this inspiration
right into the art deco period.
A puffy square-shaped
central component with a beautiful CZ cushion cut nestled inside;
an open three-dimensional rectangular shape, and a puffy square-shaped
pearl drop make up the pendant. Pulling from the design of the
pendant, the chain is made of smaller rectangles, squares and
pearl cabochon links and worn long, in the style of a sautoir.
Coco said, "Keep your heels, head and standards high",
so I think she would be pleased.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Necklace length: My samples are 35 inches
including the pendant and drop
Peyote stitch, tubular and flat, with increasing
Peyote stitch, odd count, flat
Picots and embellishing techniques