Gabrielle Chanel: Evening dress and Bolero (1937). Ivory silk lace and tulle with matching crepe de chine underslip. The tulle picot-edged ruffles have been shirred, set by heat, and the shirring thread removed. Shirring was a technique that Chanel used as early as the Teens, becoming one of her signature  ”tools of the trade” by the 1920’s. 

Reference: Femina (April 1937, p.9) and Chanel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (p. 205)

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