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Palais Galliera : Gabrielle Chanel – Fashion Manifesto


For its reopening after extension works, the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris , presents the first retrospective in Paris of a unique and extraordinary fashion designer : Gabrielle Chanel (1883-1971).

In the years when Paul Poiret dominated women’s fashion, Gabrielle Chanel, in 1912, went to Deauville, then to Biarritz and Paris, to revolutionize the world of couture, to imprint on the bodies of her contemporaries a true fashion manifesto.

Chronological, the first part evokes the beginnings with some emblematic pieces including the famous 1916 jersey sailor top; it invites you to follow the evolution of Chanel’s style with a chic allure: from little black dresses and sporty models from the Roaring Twenties to sophisticated dresses from the 1930s. A room is dedicated to N ° 5 created in 1921, the quintessence of the spirit of “Coco” Chanel.

Alongside the course articulated in ten chapters, ten photographic portraits of Gabrielle Chanel punctuate the scenography and affirm how much the seamstress has embodied her brand. Then comes the war, the closing of the fashion house; only the sale of perfumes and accessories remains in Paris at 31, rue Cambon. Next come Christian Dior and the New Look, the corseted style she challenged; Gabrielle Chanel reacted with her return to couture in 1954 and, against the grain, reaffirmed her fashion manifesto.

Thematic, the second part of the exhibition invites you to decipher her dress codes: braided tweed suit, two-tone pump, 2.55 quilted bag, black and beige of course, but also red, white and gold … not to mention costume jewelry and high jewelry essential to the silhouette of Chanel.

Gabrielle Chanel. Manifeste de mode occupies an area of ​​nearly 1,500 m2 – including the new galleries open on the ground floor. On a path punctuated by more than 350 pieces from the Galliera collections, the Heritage of CHANEL, and from international museums – the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Museo de la Moda in Santiago de Chile, the Antwerp MoMu … – and private collections, this exhibition is an invitation to discover a timeless universe and style.


Exhibition organized with the support of Chanel


Gabrielle Chanel Manifeste de Mode

1er octobre 2020 – 14 mars 2021

Palais Galliera

Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

10 av. Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16e





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