A model in the classic Chanel suit

1916 the chanel suit

Chanel loved adding masculine elements to her feminine designs because, she said, it empowered women. In 1916 she created what she described as the “fashion statement of the century”, and what went on to become one of the most iconic pieces in the Chanel dynasty. She fused tweed (associated with hunting and masculine sports) with a well-fitted skirt and boxy collar-less jacket. The result? The timeless Chanel suit, endorsed by Vogue, and immortalised forever in 1963 when Jackie Kennedy wore it the day her husband, US president John F Kennedy, was killed by her side.