Wait, So Who Made Meghan Markle’s Beloved Boat Neck Famous?

But the history of the silhouette runs deeper than the Royal Wedding. The neckline was made famous in the 1930s when Coco Chanel, who was inspired by the wide necklines on sailor suits, first introduced it on the runway; Isabel Alston and Kathryn Dixon note the creation in their book Coco Chanel, writing, “the vacationers in Biarritz, just as in Deauville, snatched up Chanel’s jersey jackets, skirts, and striped boat-neck shirts, reminiscent of those sailors wore.” Yet despite its association with Chanel, rumor has it the neckline was originally a signature of forgotten French designer Jenny Sacerdote.