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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...

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