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This image presents 'Chanel's sleeveless pullover top, straight skirt, and cardigan jacket, all in shiny black paillettes. This three-piece evening costume has been copied in various fabrics for the last fifty years. To this day it remains "perfection." (1926)'
Diana Vreeland notes that 'It was Gabrielle Chanel who saw the great spirit of the twentieth century positively, and who showed modern, emancipated women how to dress.' (Inventive Paris Clothes, p. 74)