Nearby are works from her fellow big-name designers Vionnet and Jeanne Lanvin. Their pieces fuse together influences, including Russian and Chinese, with metal thread embroidery, pearls, beads, and fur embellishments on gowns of rich fabrics.

Luring the eye are two iconic gowns from Chanel. One's a showstopper of tiered bright red silk chiffon with hundreds of thousands of beads stitched onto it. Another seems straight from the dainty Daisy Buchanan handbook in flowing, pale pink lace with girlish bows at the shoulder and hip.

A dress designed by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Ken Howie
A dress designed by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Another dress designed by Coco Chanel
Another dress designed by Coco Chanel

Location Info


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Museums

Region: Central Phoenix


"Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s" is on view at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., through February 10. For more information, visit or call 602-257-1222.

Although emblematic, these items don't fit in perfectly with the common concept of 1920s dress. Along with the weirder selections featured in "Modern Spirit," the garments show an underexplored side of women's fashion evolution. Get closer to the pieces, and you'll see that they're more than just clothes. They're complicated, rare works of art that shake off the flapper stereotype and call to mind Chanel's sentiment, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

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66rock topcommenter

Sounds like a fun blast from the past!.  Being a Boardwalk Empire fan and lifelong Chanel fan, it sounds right down my alley.  Hadn't planned to go but the well written description makes me want to experience the jazz age myself.  thanks