All these 110 years later after Gabrielle Chanel created her eponymous label Chanel, what’s not to love? Chanel has gone from challenge to strength under Gabrielle and and the late Karl Lagerfeld. Gabrielle was a strong woman who had a difficult upbringing and was challenged as she forged ahead to design and create fashion and beauty products. And as a visionary designer, she imagined a new allure for the fashion industry. She wanted and did revolutionize fashion, not just with clothing but with her iconic perfumes, accessories, beauty and jewelry creations. She once said “in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different,” and different she was.
And so, during Paris Fashion Week for the SS21 season, there were those at the Palais Galliera and Chanel the company, who thought it fitting to create and unveil this exhibition in honor of its namesake founder. Running from now until March 14, 2021 at the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum, the exhibition titled ‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto Exhibition Opening at the Palais Galliera,’ honors the birth and evolution of her style, the characteristics of her work, the emergence of her codes, and her contribution to the history of fashion.
The House of Chanel ambassadors have been seen at the exhibition from Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis, Angèle, Caroline de Maigret, Charlotte Cardin, Gaspard Ulliel and Sébastien Tellier. And, actresses from Marion Cotillard, Karidja Touré, Lyna Khoudri and Diane Rouxel have also attended. The writer Anne Berest, singer Clara Luciani as well as the dancer and choreographer Blanca Li were also present.
The exhibition was designed by Olivier Saillant, who wanted those who will visit this first Parisian retrospective devoted to the work of Gabrielle, to take away the hard work and vision that she put into her brand. The exhibition contains more than 350 pieces that date back to 1910 until 1971, that shines new light on the lasting influence of Gabrielle who was the pioneer force for women’s fashion. Gabrielle may not have realized during her day the impact she would have on women’s fashion. She suffered many business setbacks and if she could see what the House of Chanel has accomplished from 1910 when it was founded until today, she would be most proud of her thumbprint on fashion. The exhibition will give you a taste of what she accomplished.
Find out more about how you can visit the exhibition, here.