Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the Palais Galliera: an exhibition

More than 350 pieces from the entire world and an universe that doesn’t need no introduction: this fall, at Palais Galliera, the exhibition “Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto”, is waiting for the fashion addicts. 

The exhibition “Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto” will run from September 30th 2020 to March 14th 2021 at the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum – 

The first part of the exhibition is chronological:
– it recounts her early beginnings with a few emblematic pieces, including the famous 1916 marinière, the sailor blouse, in jersey.
– we could see the evolution from little black dresses and sporty models of the Roaring Twenties to the sophisticated dresses of the 1930s.
– one room is devoted entirely to N° 5, created in 1921.
– 10 photo portraits of Gabrielle Chanel accompany the ten chapters of the exhibition

The second part of the exhibition is themed:
– we are invited to decipher her dress codes: the braided tweed suit, two-tone pumps, the 2.55 quilted bag, black and beige naturally, but also red, white and gold… and, of course, the costume and the fine jewellery that were intrinsic to the Chanel look.

“Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto”, covers an area of nearly 1500 m2 – including the newly opened basement galleries. With more than 350 pieces from the Palais Galliera collections and Patrimoine de CHANEL, from international museums, including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Museo de la Moda in Santiago de Chile, the MoMu in Antwerp. 

This exhibition organised by the Palais Galliera with the support of CHANEL highlights the birth and evolution of Gabrielle Chanel’s style, the characteristics of her work, the emergence of her codes and her contribution to the history of fashion. 

Photography: Olivier Saillant (c) Chanel