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THE STORY OF A COAT

This coat, a major item in the 1922 fall-winter collection, inspired Karl Lagerfeld for his Paris-Shanghai show.

It was embroidered by the Kitmir atelier, founded by the Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna.

Won over by the designer's strong personality, she often watched Gabrielle Chanel at work and listened as she expressed her ideas and wishes for embroideries. The Grand Duchess then worked relentlessly to turn these ideas into reality.

Quickly snowed under with orders and harassed by the sales staff wanting their embroideries delivered, she would sometimes hide in the closet in Chanel's studio to escape from them.

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