|Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel 1932|
|Chanel, evening dress, 1932|
|Bow detail, Chanel, 1932|
This body hugging sheath of blue silk and sequins was designed to wrap the wearer, with the gored skirt flaring from the knees in front and from the waist at the back. Sleeveless with a wide V-neck in the front, which dips to the waist at the back it was designed to show off the slim figure of the wear to it's best advantage. A large bow of matching material is applied to the front bust, and another below the waist at the back, which is reminiscent of her famous 'Bow Sweater' of 1927.
A Photoplay magazine article about Chanel’s gowns for Tonight or Never, January 1932
Chanel also designed a collection of diamond jewellery in 1932. She had already built a business based on costume jewellery, and the men of International Diamond Guild hoped that her flair could revitalising the diamond industry, which had been slow since the crash of 1929. The star of her collection, pardon the pun, was no doubt this:
|Comète necklace, 1932|
The necklace, inspired by a comet, has a five-point star and round-cut diamonds that wrapped around the throat, finishing in a splashy tail. Chanel told to one journalist how she glanced up at the sky one night while strolling the Champs-Élysées, contemplating how she would imbue fine jewellery with her singular aesthetic, and she found her answer among the stars: “I wanted to cover women in constellations,” she said.